John Joseph “Hondo” Havlicek was born on April 8, 1940, and died on April 25, 2019, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.
He was an American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons.
In the National Basketball Association, only teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones won more championships during their playing professions, and John is one of three NBA players with an unprecedented 8–0 record in NBA Finals series ends.
John is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game and was, initiated as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984. John was a three-sport athlete at Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio.
His son Chris played collegiate basketball for the University of Virginia in the early 1990s.
John daughter Jill married Brian Buchanan, a former Major League Baseball outfielder and coach.
John Havlicek had Parkinson’s disease throughout his last years.
He passed away on April 25, 2019, in Jupiter, Florida, at the age of 79.