Basketball PlayerDied when: 40 years 197 days (486 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Peter Press Maravich (/ˈmɛərəˌvɪtʃ/ MAIR-ə-vitch;June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player.
Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, and raised in the Carolinas.Maravich starred in college at Louisiana State University's Tigers basketball team; his father Press Maravich was the team's head coach.
Pete Maravich is the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game.
All of his accomplishments were achieved before the adoption of the three-point line and shot clock, and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules.
He played for three National Basketball Association (NBA) teams until injuries forced his retirement in 1980 following a 10-year professional basketball career.
One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich was considered to be one of the greatest creative offensive talents ever and one of the best ball handlers of all time.
He died suddenly at age 40 during a pick-up game in 1988 as a consequence of an undetected heart defect.