After being hospitalized for nearly a year, the Memphis Grizzlies’ Tyreke Evans died on Thursday at the age of 78.
His family said he was found unconscious by a Memphis police officer in his hotel room Thursday morning.
Police Chief Michael Harrison said Evans was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The chief did not provide a cause of death.
Evans was a veteran of both the NBA and the NFL and played a key role in helping to lead Memphis to two NBA titles in the 1970s and 1980s.
He also was a fixture on the Grizzlies’ fan base, as he was the band’s vocalist and played guitar in their 1990s arena tours.
Evan also played basketball and played golf, among other sports, for years.
He retired in 2002 after a 13-year career.