Friday, December 09, 2005

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Father Dies at 86

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's father, Ferdinand L. Alcindor, died Friday from organ failure after a long bout with senile dementia. He was 86. Alcindor died at Coney Island Hospital, the Los Angeles Lakers said in a statement. Abdul-Jabbar is a special assistant coach with the team.

His son, Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., was born in 1947 and was known as Lew Alcindor before changing his name in 1971. Abdul-Jabbar went on to become the NBA's career scoring leader and a Hall of Famer. MSNBC


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