Former Chicago Bull Jack Haley dies at age 51

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LOS ANGELES (AP) โ€” Jack Haley, who played nine seasons in the NBA including a reserve role on the Chicago Bulls’ 1996 championship team, has died. He was 51.

Haley’s family on Tuesday confirmed his death, saying the cause was heart disease. He died Monday at Los Alamitos Medical Center, according to the Orange County coroner’s office website. There were no indications of foul play and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, the coroner said.

Haley played for the Bulls, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. The Bulls drafted the 6-foot-10 forward-center out of UCLA in 1987. He was known for his friendship with eccentric Bulls star Dennis Rodman.

After his playing career ended, Haley worked as an assistant for the Nets and as a TV broadcaster working on Lakers telecasts.

Haley lived in Seal Beach.

 

And the LA Lakers released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying,

It is with great sadness that the Haley family announces the passing of our beloved father, son, and brother. Our hearts are broken by this sudden, unexpected loss. Jack was honored and grateful for the opportunity to play in the NBA for nine years, alongside world-class athletes with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and New Jersey Nets. He cherished every moment and gave 100% whether on or off the court. And more than anything, Jack dearly loved his family. We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of love, support, and prayers form around the country. An autopsy revealed cause of death as a result of heart disease.