Utah Jazz legend Mark Eaton, 64, dies following apparent bicycle crash

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Jazz center and two-time NBA defensive player of the year Mark Eaton has died. He was 64.

Eaton was found unconscious on Long Rifle Road near his home in Summit County Friday evening following an apparent bike crash. Medical personnel arrived at the scene and Eaton was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said there were no witnesses to the crash and no reason to believe a vehicle was involved in the incident. The Utah Office of the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of Eaton’s death.

“The Summit County Sheriff’s Office offers our sincere condolences to the Eaton family, the Utah Jazz family, and friends of Mark,” the sheriff’s office said. “The family has requested privacy while they mourn his untimely death.”

Eaton played 11 seasons with the Utah Jazz from 1982-1993, becoming one of the best defenders in the game. He was named an All-Star in 1989 and was voted the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1985 and 1989.

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