‘An Absolute Legend’ – Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian, Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King pay tribute to American legend Bill Russell

Yesterday was a grim day for USA basketball. Bill Russell, one of the sport’s most successful players, has died. A statement on his official Twitter account confirmed the news. In the aftermath, social media was flooded with tributes to the legendary player-turned-activist.

Notable personalities from various fields took to their official social networks to express their feelings. The likes of Alexis Ohanian, Martina Navrátilová and Billie Jean King were among the most prominent who paid tribute to Bill.


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Martina Navrátilová, Billie Jean Kingová and Alexis Ohanian remember the great Bill Russell

Navrátilová took to Twitter to remember the legendary career of Bill Russell when she paid tribute. She said, “RIP Bill Russell, a giant in every sense of the word – athletic, civil rights, altruist – the whole range. RIP Champion!”

Billie Jean King also shared her emotions on Instagram saying: “Bill Russell was a once-in-a-generation active athlete who made everyone around him better on and off the court. He had firsts in his career and led the way for many. I have admired him all my life and he has been a huge influence on my career. He was the ultimate leader, the ultimate team player and the ultimate champion. Rest in peace, Bill. You will be missed.”


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Additionally, Serena Williams husband Alexis Ohanian also joined Navratilova and King in paying tribute to Bill. he said “An absolute legend. RIP Bill.”


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The legendary career of Bill Russell

The legendary NBA player had many firsts to his name. He was one of the league’s most successful players, winning 11 NBA championships. In addition, he was a pillar of the Boston Celtics dynasty that won eight straight NBA titles. After a successful playing career, he became the league’s first African-American coach.

February 17, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former NBA player Bill Russell attends the commissioner’s press conference at the NBA All Star Games at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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In addition to his involvement in sports, he was also an activist, speaking out against various social issues. According to a statement on his twitter, Bill died peacefully with his wife by his side. However, the statement did not mention the cause of his death. Along with the dignitaries, millions of fans also shared their emotions as they bid farewell to one of the greatest champions in every aspect of life.

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