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Sport Jerry Bird, in Kentucky's Hall of Fame, dies

20:25  17 july  2017
20:25  17 july  2017 Source:   ap.org

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Former Kentucky basketball player Jerry Bird , who was a member of the school' s Athletics Hall of Fame and had his No. 22 jersey retired to the Rupp Arena rafters, has died .

Jerry Bird , a former Kentucky men’ s basketball player and member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame , died Sunday morning of natural causes in his hometown of Corbin, Ky..

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An obituary posted by O'Neil-Lawson Funeral Home says Bird died Sunday at a hospital in Corbin. He was 83.

Media report Bird played for Kentucky from 1954 to 1956 and helped the school attain two Southeastern Conference titles in 1954 and 1955. He was part of the 1954 team crowned national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation after a 25-0 season.

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Ð Jerry Bird , a former Kentucky men' s basketball player and member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame , died Sunday morning of natural causes in his hometown of Corbin, Kentucky .

(WHAS11) – Officials with the University of Kentucky say former Wildcat and member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame Jerry Bird has died . According to UK Athletics, 83-year-old Bird died in his hometown of Corbin, Kentucky Sunday from natural causes.

Bird scored 713 career points and had 589 career rebounds under coach Adolph Rupp.

"Jerry Bird was Kentucky through and through," UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement by the school. "He was proud to be a Wildcat and is an important part of Kentucky basketball history.

Bird played one season with the New York Knicks before returning to his hometown of Corbin to work at American Greetings.

His is survived by a son, two grandchildren, a brother and a sister. Visitation and services are scheduled for Saturday at Central Baptist Church in Corbin.

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