One of the most towering figures in the Utah sports community died unexpectedly on Friday night. Mark Eaton, the 7-foot-4 former NBA All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of Year was killed in an apparent bicycle crash. Authorities stated that they do not believe a vehicle was involved in the accident.
Statement from the Utah Jazz:
“The Utah Jazz are profoundly saddened at the unexpected passing of Mark Eaton, who was an enduring figure in our franchise history and had a significant impact in the community after his basketball career. Mark played his entire 11-year NBA career with the Jazz and his number was retired as an NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year,” the Utah Jazz said in a statement. “His presence continued around the organization as a friend and ambassador while giving back as a businessman and volunteer to his adopted hometown in Utah. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Teri and their extended family. Mark will be greatly missed by all of us with the Jazz.”