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Ex-NY Knicks Star

Dead at 65

Possible OD

8/24/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0824-dean-meminger-gettyDean "The Dream" Meminger -- who helped the NY Knicks clinch the 1973 NBA title -- was found dead in his hotel room Friday ... wearing his championship ring.

Meminger was found unconscious inside his NYC hotel room by staff members after failing to check out. He was pronounced dead on the scene. There were no signs of trauma. A witness reportedly saw "white stuff" oozing out of his nose.

Meminger had long suffered from drug addiction, including cocaine, even in his pro-basketball days.  He almost died in a rooming house fire where he was allegedly smoking crack back in 2009.

The 65-year-old was a first round draft pick back in 1971.

His family released a statement following the news, "We want to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences during this difficult time for our family."

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1.

Jeems    

RIP.

424 days ago
2.

BellaJ    

Sad way to go. RIP

424 days ago
3.

missy    

Wow, 65 years old and STILL doing drugs-pretty pathetic.

424 days ago
4.

tori    

Ur sick

424 days ago
5.

Truth    

COCAINE IS HELLUVA DRUG... #TRUTH!!

424 days ago
6.

Phil Mcl    

God bless the Meminger family and my prayers go out to the family. I played for his Dad he ran the Dykeman street basketball team and gave us so much as a teenagers, they are a great family and Dean had his demons but was a good man.

424 days ago
7.

tutti    

his son is a newscaster on news 1,,cable

424 days ago
8.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Addicts losing like a mofo.

424 days ago
9.

verlinda    

At least he still had his Championship Ring....R.I.P.

424 days ago
10.

BOBCAT    

Shame such talented people early in life end up being the victims of their own actions .
Crack is the gate way drug to hell

424 days ago
11.

geo    

Another one bites the dust!

424 days ago
12.

Mr. Principal    

Dean obviously had a dependency issue. Perhaps his life story can be told as a cautionary tale for all concerned.

424 days ago
13.

Metta Worldhate    

Gross, he died from snorting ***?!?

423 days ago
14.

DTD    

There are no old junkies, just those that are waiting to die.

423 days ago
15.

Xxxl44    

He was NOT a crackhead if he still had his championship ring!

423 days ago
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