Former NBA Great Found Dead

Published April 9, 2009

The dead body of Marvin Webster, the shot-blocking center known as the "Human Eraser," was found in a Tulsa, Okla., hotel Saturday, The New York Times reports.

Webster took the Seattle SuperSonics to the 1978 NBA finals, was found dead Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. He was 56.

During his domination in the lane while at Morgan State University in Baltimore, the seven-foot Webster averaged 9 shot-blocks per game, which earned him his nickname.

The state medical examiner has said he will conduct an autopsy, but Tulsa Police told the Times that they were not treating the death as suspicious.

He entered the America Basketball Association as a member of the 1975 Denver Nuggets but wound up in the NBA after the two leagues merged a year later. But, after two years with Denver, it was with Seattle that he became a super star. While there, he averaged 14 points and 12.6 rebounds, leading Seattle to the seventh game of the 1978 championship final before losing to the Washington Bullets.

Written by BET.com Staff

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