George McGinnis Death: American Former Professional Basketball Player Died at 73

Last Updated on December 12, 2023, 4:16 am

Former Indiana University Basketball Player George McGinnis Passed Away After being on Life-Support for Three Days.

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George McGinnis (Image via Facebook)

George McGinnis, an American former professional basketball player, passed away after being on life support for three days after suffering from an unknown medical emergency on Monday, December 11, 2023.

What happened to George McGinnis?

George McGinnis passed away after suffering from a medical emergency. It was initially reported that he was rushed to hospital due to unknown circumstances and was fighting for his life. He was put on life support, and family and friends requested everyone to pray for him.

Later, Phillip Ping wrote on social media, which was reported by McGinnis’s friend and colleague, Eddie Bopp, that he had passed away on Monday, December 11, 2023.

“Washington’s great George McGinnis died late this afternoon in the hospital. I think it was Saturday when George called in his own 9-1-1. The emergency personnel then found him unresponsive. His sister took him off of life-support today.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this incredibly challenging time.

Who was George McGinnis?

George McGinnis was an American former professional basketball player who played 11 seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted into the ABA from Indiana University in 1971.

McGinnis graduated from Washington High School in Indianapolis. He and his teammate Steve Downing led Washington to a 31-0 record victory and a state championship in 1969. McGinnis set a record in the Indiana State tournament with 148 points in his final four games alone. He was named Mr. Basketball for the State of Indiana the same year.

He began his professional career at Indiana in the 1970-71 season and became the first sophomore to lead the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding. He garnered widespread appreciation for his athletic prowess and All-American and All-Big Ten Honors 1971. He also won the ABA scoring title in 1975. He recorded 14 known triple-doubles in the ABA, including five playoff triple-doubles, more than anyone else during the league’s lifespan. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2017 and the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in September 2023.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends. May he rest in peace.


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