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Bill Russell (Basketball) Biography, Age, Death, Height, Wife, Children, Family, Facts, Wiki & More

Updated On : August 1, 2022

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Short Biography

Bill Russell was born on 12-02-1934 in West Monroe in the state of Louisiana, United States as William Felton Russell. He was an American retired Basketball Coach & Basketball Player who played for NBA's team Boston Celtics. His playing career was from 1956 to 1969 and career as a coach was from 1966-1988.

Other Name: William Felton Russell
Other Professions: Basketball Player

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Bill Russell struggled a lot during his early life because of racism. But his persistent dedication resulted in winning eleven NBA Championships. He had also been adjudged NBA Most Valuable Player (5 times) and All-Star (12 times).
In 1966, Russell was made the coach of Celtics after the retirement of Red Auerbach and he became first American-African Coach in NBA History.
He held the second position in both rebounds per game and total rebounds. In North American sports league, he held the record of winning most championships by an athlete.
He had won NCAA Championship (1955 and 1956). He had also won Gold Medal at Summer Olympics in 1956.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 by the then President Barack Obama. He had won all the three an NBA Championship (11 times), an Olympic Gold Medal (1956) and a NCAA Championship (2 times). Till date, seven persons had done this.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Bill Russell died at the age of 88 on 31-07-2022 in Mercer Island in the state of Washington, United States.

DEATHDAY 31 July,2022 (Wednesday)
DEATH PLACE Mercer Island, Washington

Bill Russell Family, Relatives and Other Relations

Father Charles Russell
Mother Katie Russell
Brother Charlie L. Russell Jr.
Sister None
Affair/Girlfriend Rose Swisher
Ex-wives Rose Swisher (1956-1973), Dorothy Anstett (1977-1980), Marilyn Nault (1996-2009 til her dtah)
Sons William Russell Jr., Jacob Russell
Daughter Karen Russell

His father’s name is Charles Russell and mother’s name is Katie Russell. When he was eight, he along with his family moved to Oakland, California. He had an elder brother named Charlie L Russell Jr, an American writer who died on 28-03-2013. He married his college love Rose Swisher on 09-12-1956 and had one daughter named Karen Russell and two sons named William Russell Jr & Jacob Russell from the wedlock. The couple got divorced in 1973. He married again Dorothy Anstett (Miss USA 1968) On 08-06-1977. But as her wife was white they got divorced in 1980. He was married third time to Marilyn Nault in 1996 but his wife died on on 21-01-2009.

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Bill Russell Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Bill Russell was 88 years 5 months & 19 days old age.