Marvin Barnes, the greatest basketball big man ever from Rhode Island, has died.
Barnes, 62, died at a home in Providence, according to one of his dearest friends and old Providence College teammate Kevin Stacom. Stacom said he had been in touch with Barnes’ family earlier today.
Barnes struggled with substance abuse in what was a shortened professional career and once his basketball days ended. Stacom said he saw Barnes about 10 days ago at a local restaurant and knew his friend was not feeling well.
Addiction is a horrible thing. Red and the Celtics tried to help Marvin, but it just wasn't enough. Rest in Peace Marvin. May God bless your soul.