Former New York Knicks player Dean ‘The Dream’ Meminger, who played a major part on the 1973 NBA championship team, was found dead in a Manhattan hotel room on Friday at the age of 65.
According to authorities, employees at the Hamilton Heights Hotel found Meminger inside a room unconscious and unresponsive, and immediately called emergency medical personnel. Paramedics rushed to the scene but it was already too late, he was pronounced dead in the room. The NYPD says there were no signs of struggle or trauma in the room and that Meminger’s cause of death has yet to be determined.
“We want to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences during this difficult time for our family,” Meminger’s family said in a statement. “Dean `The Dream’ Meminger touched the hearts of so many on and off the basketball court. Through basketball and education, he helped countless people around the country receive scholarships, high school and college admissions, and even employment.”
The Knicks organization also had a lot of kind words to say about Meminger. Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said in a statement, “From the day he was drafted by this franchise in 1971, Dean was a friend and close family member of this team. On April 5, 2013, the 1973 world championship team was honored at Madison Square Garden on its 40th anniversary. There was no one prouder than Dean to be back on the court with his teammates. We send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Meminger family.”