Fred 'Curly' Neal Dies, Harlem Globetrotters Legend Was 77

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Fred 'Curly' Neal Dies, Harlem Globetrotters Legend Was 77
Fred "Curly" Neal has passed away. The beloved Harlem Globetrotter legend was 77-years old. Globetrotters Gm Jeff Munn confirmed the news. A cause of death has not been revealed. Curly is arguably the most famous of the Globetrotters after playing in over 6,000 games throughout his time with the basketball team. He started in 1963 and ended his career in 1985, playing in 97 different countries and spreading joy to the world. In addition to his skills on the court, Curly was also featured on episodes of Scooby-Doo and Gilligan's Island, along with the various Globetrotter shows.

Curley Boo Johnson was one of the first to announce Fred "Curly" Neal's passing on social media. Johnson started with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1988, a few years after Curly retired. He says, "Last night the World lost a true ambassador of the game of basketball and outside of Muhammad Ali one of the most recognizable faces on the Planet!
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