Former Harlem Globetrotters player Meadowlark Lemon, known as the “Clown Prince of Basketball”, died Sunday. He was 83 years old.
While no cause of death was divulged, he passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lemon was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. He played with the Globetrotters in 1954 at age 22 and traveled with the show until 1978, appearing in more than 16,000 games in more than 100 countries.
He was also one of only five Globetrotters to have their numbers retired since the team was founded in Chicago in the 1920s.
“For a generation of fans, the name Meadowlark Lemon was synonymous with the Harlem Globetrotters,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “He was an incredible entertainer and brought happiness and lifelong memories to millions around the world. We have lost a great ambassador of the game.”