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Sunday, December 30, 2001
Pete Maravich, 40, dies of heart attack

By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

Jan. 5, 1988

Pete Maravich, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer, dies playing the game he loved. After a pickup game in Pasadena, Maravich tells another player, "I need to do this more often. I'm really feeling good."

Turning to walk away, Maravich falls to the floor. He never regains consciousness and efforts to revive him are futile.

Maravich's trademark was a pair of sloppy gray socks that fell around his ankles during a game. At age three, he could dribble. At eight, he could spin the ball on one finger. At LSU, he scored 3,667 points in his three seasons, averaging 44.2. In 10 seasons in the NBA, he averaged 24.2 points and was named to five All-Star teams.

He was one of basketball's great showmen, dribbling between his legs and behind his back and throwing passes from all angles, often surprising his teammates. Pete Maravich dies of a heart attack at age 40.