FILE - In this April 1955 file photo, Fort Wayne's Mel Hutchins (9) and Syracuse's Earl Lloyd (11) reach for the ball during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis. Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was 86. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games. (AP Photo/File)

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Earl Lloyd, first African American player in the NBA, dies at 86

Mr. Lloyd, who grew up in segregated Alexandria, Va., entered the NBA in 1950 and later was a head coach.

Anthony Mason, rugged NBA forward, dies at 48

Anthony Mason, rugged NBA forward, dies at 48

Mr. Mason was a defensive bulwark with the New York Knicks in the 1990s and later with other teams.

John B. Fairchild, Women’s Wear Daily publisher, dies at 87

John B. Fairchild, Women’s Wear Daily publisher, dies at 87

Mr. Fairchild presided over the daily newspaper considered the “bible of the fashion industry.”

Monroe H. Freedman, scholar of legal ethics and civil liberties, dies at 86

Monroe H. Freedman, scholar of legal ethics and civil liberties, dies at 86

Mr. Freedman, a longtime law professor, was considered the founder of the study of legal ethics.

Robert Benmosche dies; feisty chief executive of AIG insurance company

Robert Benmosche dies; feisty chief executive of AIG insurance company

The official came out of retirement to help the firm repay a $182 billion taxpayer bailout.

Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

Starship Enterprise’s Vulcan was the ultimate outsider — a trait that his portrayer said he understood well.

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, ex-Notre Dame president, dies at 97

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, ex-Notre Dame president, dies at 97

He was a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the university for 35 years.

Irving Kahn, Wall Street’s oldest stockbroker, dies at 109

Irving Kahn, Wall Street’s oldest stockbroker, dies at 109

He started as a runner on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, months before the 1929 crash.

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