The family of Celtics legend John Havlicek, who died Thursday at 79, has released a statement from Havlicek's wife, Beth, expressing their sadness and thanks for the support of friends and fans.
It is with deep sadness that I, along with our son Chris, daughter Jill, and seven grandchildren, announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, John Havlicek.
John was a proud man of integrity, moral character, and kindness, and was the Captain of our team.
The entire Havlicek Family thanks you for your compassion during his valiant battle with Parkinson's Disease. We would also like to thank the many dear friends and fans for the immeasurable support, respect and love they continue to give to Number 17.
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