Former NBA All-Star, "Fast" Eddie Johnson, who was slapped with a lifetime ban on cocaine use by the
NBA and was then sent to jail for a child's sexual assault, died while serving a life sentence.
On October 26th,
the 65-year-old passed away.
On Tuesday , November 3rd, his death was
confirmed by the Rocker-Cusack Mortuary in Leesburg, Florida.
In the 1977 NBA draft, Johnson, who was a third-round selection from Auburn
by the Hawks, became an immediate contributor and then a starter for the Hawks.
For his explosive first move, Johnson received the nickname
"Fast Eddie," and averaged 15.1 points in 10 NBA seasons.
He started off at the
All-Star Games of 1980 and 1981.
He received a lifetime ban for his
drug use from the NBA in 1987.
Johnson was 53 when, after being found guilty of sexual harassment on
an eight-year - old child, he received a statutory life sentence in 2008.
The former NBA star was serving the life sentence at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton, Florida when an undisclosed illness led to his death.
The mortuary said Johnson will be buried at Weirsdale (Florida) Community Cemetery on Saturday.