Former Chicago Bulls & Lakers Player Jack Haley Dies From Heart Disease

Jack Haley & Phil Jackson

It is with great sadness that the Haley family announces the passing of our beloved father, son, and brother. Our hearts are broken by this sudden, unexpected loss. Jack was honored and grateful for the opportunity to play in the NBA for nine years. He cherished every moment and gave 100% whether on or off the court. And more than anything, Jack dearly loved his family. We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of love, support, and prayers form around the country. An autopsy revealed cause of death as a result of heart disease. Haley was 51 years old. 

The 6-foot-10, 240-pounder was a journeyman. He played for four different franchises including the Los Angeles LakersSan Antonio Spurs, and New Jersey Nets, earning a championship with Phil Jackson’s 1996 Chicago Bulls. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak released this statement: “Jack was a hard worker and always very professional.  He was proud to wear the Lakers uniform, and he was always a credit to our organization and the Lakers family.  Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this time.”

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