Malone’s close friend Kevin Vergara told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Malone had gone to see a doctor about an irregular heartbeat. The doctor did not diagnose the cause, but issued Malone a heart monitor.
When Malone was found dead in a Norfolk hotel on Sunday morning, he was still wearing the heart monitor.
Malone’s 16,212 rebounds and 27,409 career points rank fifth and eighth on the NBA’s all-time list respectively.
A three-time NBA MVP and 12-time All-Star, Malone was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
- Xandria James