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John “Hot Rod” Williams has reportedly lost his battle cancer.

According o ESPN, the former Cleveland Cavaliers center passed away today.

Williams was hospitalized in the intensive care unit near Baton Rouge, La.

The 53-year-old was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the summer.

Earlier this week former Browns Quarterback Bernie Kosar and former teammate Mark Price tweeted their support.

Williams was drafted by the Cavaliers in 1985, averaging nearly 15 points and eight rebounds during his career.

He was part of the the great teams of the late 1980s and early 90s that featured Mark Price, Larry Nance, Brad Daugherty and Ron Harper.


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