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Former Utah Jazz Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan dies at age 78

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The Utah Jazz announced on Friday that Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has passed away due to complications from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia.

Sloan was 78 years old.

"Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz," the Jazz announced in a statement. "He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans in mourning his loss. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise.

"Our Hall of Fame coach for 23 years, Jerry had a tremendous impact on the Jazz franchise as expressed by his banner hanging in the arena rafters. His 1,223 Jazz coaching wins, 20 trips to the NBA Playoffs and two NBA Finals appearances are remarkable achievements. His hard-nosed approach only made him more beloved. Even after his retirement, his presence at Jazz games always brought a roaring response from the crowd.

"Like Stockton and Malone as players, Jerry Sloan epitomized the organization. He will be greatly missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Tammy, the entire Sloan family and all who knew and loved him."

Sloan played 11 seasons in the NBA between 1965 and 1976; one with the Baltimore Bullets, 10 with the Chicago Bulls. He was a two-time All-Star with career averages of 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Following his playing career, Sloan spent three seasons as the head coach of the Bulls and 23 seasons as the head coach of the Jazz. According to Basketball Reference, only three coaches have won more regular season games than him in NBA history and only five have won more postseason games.

Sloan was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 2009.

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