While swimming in an area known as “Baby Beach” off the island of Aruba, former three-time NBA All-Star, Dan Roundfield, drowned as he attempted to help his wife, Bernie, through rough waters.
Roundfield, 59, and his wife were not new to the area and had visited several times in the past; the couple came this time with their two grandchildren. Bernie stated that the reason they choose to visit the area is for its safety. However, John Larmonie, a police spokesman on the island, warns that although the beach is generally safe, it can be deceptive and treacherous during rough weather.
Friends and colleagues mourned an athlete that they said was known for physical play but a gentle nature. “Danny represented the Hawks with dignity and pride both on and off the court, and this is a tragic loss for us all,” team General Manager Danny Ferry said in a statement.
Beginning his professional career with Indiana, the 6-foot-8 forward-center out of Detroit played 11 seasons with Atlanta, Detroit and Washington averaging 15.2 points per game.
Roundfield is survived by his wife, two sons and two grandchildren.
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