Former NBA Legendary Coach Jerry Sloan Dies, At The Age of 78

Helen Dunmore

Coach Jerry Sloan: On Friday, the former NBA coach “Jerry Sloan” who took the Utah Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, dies. 

Coach Jerry Sloan
Former NBA Coach Jerry Sloan
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www.nba.com confirms: At the time of death, his age was 78, and Jazz said that Sloan died from complexities related to Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

A short introduction about Jerry Sloan

Jerry Sloan‘s complete name is “Gerald Eugene Sloan,” and he was born in McLeansboro (Illinois, United States). He started his career in Basketball and played as an American National Basketball Association player, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, and head coach.

Born: March 28, 1942

Died: May 22, 2020

Current Age:

Height: 1.96 m

Weight: 88 kg

Hall of fame induction: 2009

Number: 4 (Shooting guard, Chicago Bulls / Small forward, )

Spouse: Bobbye Sloan (m. 1963–2004), Tammy Jessop (m. 2006)

Coach Jerry Sloan
American Basketball Player Jerry Sloan Dies
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David Stern (NBA commissioner) attributed to Sloan as one of the most respected and the best Coach in the history of the NBA (National Basketball Association).

Famous people paid tribute to Jerry Sloan.

Coach Jerry Sloan
Former NBA Basketball Player Jerry Sloan, Chicago Bulls
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On the death of Jerry Sloan, Jazz paid tribute to him with these words:

Jerry Sloan will consistently be equal with the Utah Jazz. He will perpetually be a part of the Utah Jazz association, and we join his family, companions, and fans in grieving his loss. 

We are so appreciative for what he achieved here in Utah, and the times of devotion, reliability, and tenacity he brought to our establishment. 

Like Malone and Stockton, as players, Jerry Sloan epitomized the association. He will be enormously missed.

Jerry Reinsdorf (Chairman of Chicago Bulls) remembered him by saying that Jerry Sloan was ‘The Original Bull’ whose relentless defense and daily hustle on the court spoke to the establishment and epitomized the city of Chicago. 

Jerry was the essence of the Bulls association from its beginning through the mid-1970s, and fittingly, his uniform No. 4 was the primary shirt resigned by the group. 

An incredible player and a Hall-of-Fame NBA mentor, in particular, Jerry was an extraordinary personality. Our feelings go out to the Sloan family and all his numerous fans.

How much is Jerry Sloan worth?

Jerry Sloan’s only income source was his basketball profession. According to some reports, his net worth was approx. 3 million dollars.

What disease does Jerry Sloan have?

After the years of an admitted habit of smoking and drinking excessively, he has since stopped both, even though he has claimed that it never influenced him or his career. In April 2016, Sloan was diagnosed to have Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s infection.

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