Celtic legend Jo Jo White passed away at the age of 71 after a battle with the brain cancer, the Celtics organization confirmed on Tuesday. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald was first to report White's death.
White played his first ten seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the Celtics. He was a seven-time All-Star and won two NBA titles in Boston. White was also the MVP of the 1976 NBA Finals. His No. 10 hangs in the Garden rafters.
White has remained a regular fixture within the Celtics family after his playing days, both at the Garden and in the Boston community. The team released a statement on his passing Tuesday night:
"We are terribly saddened by the passing of the great Jo Jo White. He was a champion and a gentleman; supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and endlessly gracious off of it. Jo Jo was a key member of two championship teams, an NBA Finals MVP, a gold medal-winning Olympian, and a Hall of Famer. His contributions to the team’s championship legacy may have only been surpassed by the deep and lasting impact that he had in the community. The thoughts and sympathies of the entire Celtics organization are with the White family."