Legendary Basketball Player Jerry West Dies: End of an Era

Legendary Basketball Player Jerry West Dies: End of an Era

Jerry West, the one of the best general managers of the Los Angeles Lakers during eight NBA championship seasons, has passed away. Jerry was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame three times for his various contributions to the sport.

The entire basketball world is mourning the loss of the legendary Jerry West. The three-time Hall of Fame inductee took his last breath on Wednesday, June 12.

The basketball legend, known as “Mr. Clutch,” passed away at the age of 86. The Los Angeles Clippers announced the heartbreaking news on Wednesday morning. Jerry West, who inspired the NBA logo, leaves behind a profound legacy.

Cause of Death of Jerry West

While announcing the sad news, the Los Angeles Clippers did not reveal the cause of death. The exact place of his death is also unknown. However, according to the Clippers, his wife, Karen, was with him when he passed away.

There is speculation that age-related concerns may have been the primary cause of death, but no definitive claims can be made without sufficient evidence and reliable sources.

Basketball Achievements of Jerry West

Playing Career:

  • NBA Championship: 1972 (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • NBA Finals MVP: 1969 (the only player to win this award despite being on the losing team).
  • NBA All-Star: 14 times (1961-1974)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP: 1972
  • All-NBA First Team: 10 times
  • All-NBA Second Team: 2 times
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team: 4 times
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team: 1 time
  • Scoring Leader: 1970
  • Assists Leader: 1972
  • Career Points: 25,192 points (27.0 points per game)
  • Career Assists: 6,238 assists (6.7 assists per game)

Executive Career:

  • General Manager of the Los Angeles Lakers:
    • Played a crucial role in building teams that won eight NBA championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002)
  • Executive of the Year: 1995, 2004

Other Contributions:

  • Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers: 1976-1979
  • Contributor to NBA’s Global Popularity: Recognized for his big impact on the blossoming and popularity of the NBA worldwide.

Hall of Fame Inductions:

  • Player Induction: 1980
  • Coach/Executive Induction: 2002
  • Dream Team Induction: 2010 (As a member of the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball “Dream Team”)


  • NBA Logo: Jerry West’s silhouette is famously featured in the NBA’s logo, symbolizing his lasting impact on the sport.
  • Awards and Honors: Multiple venues and awards have been named in his honor, cementing his legacy as one of the most influential figures in basketball history.

Viral Infos extends our condolences and prays that Jerry West’s soul rests in peace. We are deeply saddened for his fans and family during this difficult time.

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