NBA community sheds tears as it lost one of its iconic Boston Celtics player, Tommy Heinsohn. He was one of the most well-known players and charismatic figures of the Celtics popular for his loyalty and traditions. He spent nearly a decade with the team and coached the team for nine years. Later, he spent his life as a broadcaster and Hall of Famer.
Tommy’s unfortunate death comes as a tragedy to many fans of the NBA and Boston Celtics. Learn more on Tommy Heinsohn and get to know more on the player’s cause of death, net worth, married life, wife, and much more.
What Happened to Tommy Heinsohn?
The legendary player from Boston Celtics, Tommy Heinsohn has unfortunately passed away. Boston Celtics announced the death of their iconic player with a tweet that read,
“We take this time to celebrate Tommy Heinsohn’s life and legacy, and to share in the sorrow of his passing with his family, friends, and fans. As long as there are the Boston Celtics, Tommy’s spirit will remain alive.”
Tommy passed away on November 10, 2020, and was 86 years old at the time of his death. While the team did not share Tommy’s cause of death, his spokesperson, Jeff Twiss, shared that the former basketball player had been suffering from various illnesses like diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Upon the death of Tommy Heinsohn, many well-known personalities came on Twitter to share their thoughts and prayers.
A Boston Celtics reporter shared,
“There has been one common thread in all of the Boston Celtics’ success: Tommy Heinsohn.
“Tommy is the true definition of what a Celtic is.”
Farewell, Mr. Celtic.”
Basketball player, Isaiah Thomas wrote,
“Damn RIP Tommy Heinsohn!!! “The Little guy” that’s the nickname he gave me. Will miss his voice and everything he brought to the game especially Celtics basketball”
Nonetheless, Tommy Heinsohn’s family has yet not shared anything regarding his funeral.
Tommy Heinsohn Married Twice
Tommy lived a very secretive life before his death. He had not shared much on his married life. However, the former Celtics was married twice before his death. There is no information on Tommy’s first wife. He tied the knot for the second time with Helen J. Weiss. Regardless, there is no information on when the couple actually married.
Nonetheless, Tommy referred to his wife as “the redhead from Needham”. Unfortunately, his wife had passed away in 2008 following a six-year battle with cancer. He also fathered a son named Paul Heinsohn.
From Basketball Player to Coach to Broadcaster
After starting his professional career with Boston Celtics in 1956, he was chosen as the Boston Celtics in the regional draft. He earned the title of NBA Rookie of the Year after playing the NBA All-Star Game in the first season. Along with Boston Celtics, Tommy won eight NBA titles in nine years. After retiring in 1965, he coached the Celtics from 1969-70 season and led the team to a league-best 68-14 record during the 1972-73 season. He was titled Coach of the Year.
Likewise, he also had a broadcasting career and spent 30 years as the color commentator for the Celtics’ local broadcast alongside play-by-play commentator Mike Gorman. Tommy was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. As of 2020, Tommy Heinsohn’s net worth is still under review.
Tommy Heinsohn Wiki-Bio
Thomas William Heinsohn was born on August 26, 1934, in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was 86 years old at the time of his death. His parents were William B. Heinsohn and Bessie Heinsohn. He attended St. Michael’s High School and Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
He held American nationality and came from White ethnicity. Tommy had a height of 6 feet and 7 inches and weighed 99 kg.