Louis Orr’s Death at 64 after Losing Battle to Brutal Disease
Former New York Knicks forward, Seton Hall head coach, and Syracuse University star Louis Orr’s cause of death was announced after his death on December 15, 2022.
The heartbreaking news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. It was recently revealed the basketball legend was in hospice and not doing well.
His family also said in a statement to confirm the news, writing: “On 12/15/2022, Louis Orr was called home to be with the Lord as his battle with cancer has come to an end.”
“He was a dearly loved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will forever be missed!” the statement read.
The legendary coach is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Yvette, and their two children, son Chauncey, and daughter Monica as well as grandsons, Isaiah and Nasir.
Louis McLaughlin Orr was born on May 7, 1958, in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States He played in the National Basketball Association and became a college basketball coach.
Orr was coached by Charles Cadle at Withrow High School. He played at Syracuse University from 1976 to 1980. Louis was part of the famed “Louie & Bouie Show” with Roosevelt Bouie.
After graduating from Syracuse in 1980, Orr was selected by the Indiana Pacers and played two seasons with the Pacers. After that, Louis moved on to the New York Knicks and played for 6 years.
From 2007–2014, he was the head coach at Bowling Green State University and at Seton Hall from April 4, 2001. Orr was fired on March 24, 2006.
Louis was also an assistant at Providence College, Xavier University, and his alma mater Syracuse University, before getting the head coaching job at Siena College.
He was an assistant coach at Georgetown under his former New York Knicks teammate Patrick Ewing.
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Louis Orr’s Cause of Death is Pancreatic Cancer
Louis Orr’s cause of death was clear to fans at the time of his death. The former Syracuse star who battled pancreatic cancer sadly passed away at the age of 64.
Shortly after the sad news was shared, many social media users send their condolence messages to the heartbroken family and paid a touching tribute to Louis Orr.
The Syracuse Men’s Basketball program wrote on Twitter: “We mourn the loss of an Orange legend — a player, a coach, and most importantly a great person who made everyone around him better.”
“Louis Orr’s memory will live in our hearts forever, and especially whenever we look up and see his No. 55 in the Dome rafters.”
Ewing said in a statement via Georgetown: “I’ve lost a great friend. Someone who has been in my life since I was 22 years old. We developed a friendship and a brotherhood.”
“He was always someone I could talk to — we would talk about life, we would talk about basketball, we would talk about family. He will be truly missed and he will forever be part of this Hoya program,” he added.
Among the mourners was the great coach Rick Pitino, who is currently the head coach of Iona, and also coached Louis as an assistant at Syracuse and as head coach of the Knicks in the past.
“Louis Orr was the greatest man I’ve had the pleasure to know. He came into my life as my first recruit, became a fantastic coach and colleague—but most importantly, he became a dear friend. I will treasure our years together. Sending my love to his family and our Orange family,” Syracuse Men’s Basketball coach Jim Boeheim wrote.
Coach Jason Hart also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late coach, writing: “He was the college coach I wanted to be like. Got me back in church at 19, when Bay was tripping he stayed with us, never switching. He raised me to be respectful and honorable, they for sure don’t mk them like you no more! Coach I love you man, RIP to our #CUSE Legend!”
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