The day of NBA star Wilt Chamberlain’s 1999 death at the age of 63

Yesterday marked the passing of American icon and basketball star Wilt (The Stilt) Chamberlain, who once set a record with 100 points in a single game. He was sixty-three.

 

Around midday, paramedics arrived at the 7-foot-1 Chamberlain’s suburban Los Angeles property.

 

Chamberlain, who had received treatment for an abnormal pulse, reportedly passed away from a heart attack, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

On a single night in 1962, the Philadelphia Warriors center scored a mind-boggling 100 points in a game against the Knicks.

 

The record stands as one of the most enduring records in sports and has never been challenged in the nearly four decades since — not even by the legendary Michael Jordan.

 

Despite playing 47,859 minutes, Chamberlain never fouled out of a match.

 

Because of his overwhelming dominance, the NBA was obliged to alter the rules to cap his offensive production.

 

Yesterday, former Knick and presidential contender Bill Bradley stated, “Wilt was a competitor in the truest sense of the word.”

 

 

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