Celtics legend Ramsey dies at 86

Frank Ramsey, who won seven NBA championships as a member of the Boston Celtics, died Sunday at age 86.The University of Kentucky, where he was part of an NCAA title team in 1951 and was a three-time All-American, announced his death of natural causes.The Celtics issued a statement that read, “As a seven-time NBA Champion and the original ‘Sixth Man,’ Frank Ramsey helped create a legacy of excellence and selflessness that carried through generations, and remains part of the Boston Celtics ethos to this day. A true gentleman known for his elegance and thoughtfulness, he remained a loyal and active member of the Celtics family throughout his days. We join those celebrating his life and mourning his passing.”A shooting guard and small forward, the 6-foot-3 Ramsey was selected by the Celtics with the fifth overall pick in the 1953 draft, and he played 64 games as a rookie in 1954-55 before missing a season due to military service.Returning to Boston in 1956-57, he helped the Celtics capture league titles in seven of the next eight years.

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