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How did Former NBA Player, Coach Chris Ford Die at 74?


The former NBA champion player and coach Chris Ford passed away Tuesday (January 17, 2023). Chris Ford’s cause of death was announced after his death at 74.

The family announced the death through the Celtics. The Press of Atlantic City reported he sadly died in Philadelphia after suffering a heart attack earlier this month.

“Chris was beloved by his family, friends and teammates. He had a great love for his family, the city of Boston, the fans and the entire Celtics family,” Ford’s family statement said.

“He always showed humility and respect for all those that were fortunate enough to be a part of his life,” the statement read.

Christopher Joseph Ford was born on January 11, 1949, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. He is mainly known for making the 1st counted NBA three-point shot on October 12, 1979

He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1972 NBA draft. Chris established himself as a defensive-oriented regular for Detroit, supporting lead the team to four straight post-season berths (1974-1977).

In October 1978, Chris was traded by Detroit with a 1981 second-round draft pick to the Boston Celtics for Earl Tatum. Ford averaged a career-high, 15.6 ppg in the 1978-79 Boston Celtics season.

He was also a member of the 1981 Boston Celtics championship team. Ford retired after the 1981-82 Boston Celtics season, remaining in the top 100 for his career in steals per game.

The legendary player appeared as a member of the Detroit team in the cult classic basketball movie The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh in 1979 alongside Pistons teammates Eric Money, John Shumate, Bob Lanier, Kevin Porter, and Leon Douglas.

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Is Chris Ford’s Cause of Death Related to Heart Attack?

Chris Ford’s cause of death was not revealed by his family but The Press of Atlantic City reported he died after suffering a heart attack earlier this month.

Ford serves as an assistant coach with Boston, first under KC Jones and then Jimmy Rodgers, supporting the Celtics to NBA championships in 1984 and 1986.

After Jimmy Rodgers’s dismissal, he was promoted to head coach for the Celtics, and then dismissed, replaced by former Pistons and Celtics teammate ML Carr. Ford.

He also coached Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Clippers, and finally the Philadelphia 76ers. He coached the Eastern All-Stars in the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.

Chris Ford's cause of death was announced after his death at 74.

In addition to coaching at the professional level, Chris spent two seasons (2001 and 2003) as head coach at Brandeis University, a Division III school in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The talented coach then became a scout for the 76ers and was a coaching consultant for the New York Knicks.

After the sad news of Chris Ford’s death was revealed, his friends and fans quickly flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay Pigonant tributes to him.

“As a player and coach, Chris Ford’s career spanned over a decade of Celtics basketball, and he made his mark every step of the way,” the Celtics’ statement read.

“‘Doc,’ as he was affectionately known by his teammates, was a fundamentally versatile all-around guard. … The Boston Celtics sends their deepest sympathies to the Ford family and their many friends.”

Former Villanova coach Jay Wright posted a picture of Ford in his Wildcats uniform on social media, calling him his “boyhood idol.”

“A creative, gifted tough (Villanova) guard. He was more of an idol when I knew him as a great man, loyal friend and passionate (Villanova) alumni. Chris is loved by the VU community. I will miss our talks,” the post said.

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