Tom Gola dies aged 81

Hall of Fame member Tom Gola dies at the age of 81, his family confirm.

Tom Gola, a member of the basketball Hall of Fame, passed away on Sunday at the age of 81.

The five-time NBA All-Star was best known for his time with the Philadelphia Warriors, before moving with the franchise to San Francisco.

Gola suffered serious injuries to his head in 2003 following a fall from a curb.

"I am deeply saddened to hear the news about the passing of Tom Gola, a former teammate and one of the true gentlemen of the game," former Warriors teammate Al Attles said in a statement.

"He was a Hall of Fame player, but an even better person."

Gola was a key member of the La Salle team that won the 1954 NCAA title.

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