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University of Minnesota great Clyde Turner passes away

On Tuesday, 70-year-old Golden Gopher great Clyde Turner passed away.
Credit: University of Minnesota
Former University of Minnesota men's basketball great Clyde Turner passed away on Aug. 9, 2022, at the age of 70, according to the university.

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday that one of the men's basketball greats, Clyde Turner, passed away at the age of 70.

Turner played for the Golden Gophers from 1971 to 1973 and was part of the 1971 team that won Minnesota its first out-right conference title since 1919, according to the university.

Men's basketball head coach Ben Johnson tweeted his condolences to Turner's family and added that he was "fortunate enough to grow up attending many of Clyde’s community basketball camps."

"Clyde was forever teaching not just basketball but how each of us could go out and positively impact our community," Johnson tweeted in part.

In 1973, Turner was drafted in the fourth round of the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was one of five teammates who were drafted that year. This year, the Golden Gopher great was set to be inducted into the University of Minnesota "M" Club Hall of Fame. The school says he will be inducted posthumously.

The University of Minnesota did not share Turner's cause of death in its press release.

Credit: University of Minnesota
On Aug. 9, 2022, University of Minnesota Golden Gopher great Clyde Turner passed away at the age of 70, according to the school. He played for Minnesota from 1971 to 1973.

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