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Sunday, June 30, 2002
Dickey, broadcaster and former player, dies
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Derrek Dickey, who won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors and worked as a broadcaster for the Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls, died June 25 at his home in Land Park. He was 51.
Dickey died while taking a nap, said his wife, Sally Simonds.
"They think it was probably a heart attack, but they don't know," said Simonds, who married Dickey in 1998. "He was doing very, very well. It was a complete shock. He was good and well and happy to the end."
Dickey, who had a seizure earlier Tuesday, also is survived by three children: Derrek Jr., Dana and David.
Since suffering a near-fatal stroke on Nov. 4, 1997, in Chicago, Dickey had very limited use of his left side. After that, he helped the American Heart Association launch a program called "Saving Strokes" that used golf to help stroke victims in their recovery.
He also served as a spokesman for the American Heart Association's Sacramento Metro Task Force.
Dickey, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward, played five seasons in the NBA, helping Golden State sweep the Washington Bullets for the league championship in 1975.
Dickey set a finals record that still stands by shooting 73.9 percent from the field, making 17-of-23 field goal attempts. He ended his playing career with the Bulls in 1977-78.
After doing broadcast work for the University of Cincinnati, Dickey spent three seasons as the Kings' color commentator. He also worked for ESPN, CBS, Jefferson Pilot and Raycom. Dickey's last job was as a radio analyst for the Bulls.
A memorial service is pending.
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