Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon dead at 83

FILE- Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters shows off his large hands on arrival in London, May 17, 1959, where they will perform at the Empire Pool in Wembley for one week. (AP Photo)
FILE- Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters shows off his large hands on arrival in London, May 17, 1959, where they will perform at the Empire Pool in Wembley for one week. (AP Photo)

- Hall of Famer Meadowlark Lemon, who played for the Harlem Globetrotters, died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 83.

As a Trotter, Lemon spent nearly a quarter-century traveling the world and performing to sold-out audiences.

Lemon's death was confirmed by his wife, Cynthia Lemon, reported the NY Times.

Lemon joined the team in 1954 not long after leaving the Army. 

His specialty was the long-handed hook.

 

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Meadowlark Lemon. He was 83. #RIPMeadowlark

Posted by The Original Harlem Globetrotters on Monday, December 28, 2015

According to his website, Lark was an ordained minister, entertainer and motivational speaker.

"I want you to always remember that life’s most meaningless statistic is the half time score, and as far as I’m concerned it’s always half-time. I wish you joy, my friends," said Lark.

A cause of death has not been announced.

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