Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns legend, died on Thursday, his wife Monique Brown announced in an Instagram post. He was 87 years old.
“It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of my husband, Jim Brown. He passed away peacefully last night at our LA home. To the world he was an activist, actor and football star,” Monique wrote.
“To our family, he was a loving and wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Our hearts are broken,” she added.
A video of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James paying tribute to Brown is going viral on social media. The moment took place during Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals.
LeBron and co beat the Golden State Warriors 96-91. The All-time NBA points leader was lauded for his gesture,
LeBron paid his tribute to Jim Brown on Friday.
“We lost a hero today. Rest in Paradise to the legend Jim Brown. I hope every Black athlete takes the time to educate themselves about this incredible man and what he did to change all of our lives. We all stand on your shoulders Jim Brown,” the NBA star said on social media.
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“If you grew up in Northeast Ohio and were Black, Jim Brown was a God. As a kid who loved football, I really just thought of him as the greatest Cleveland Brown to ever play. Then I started my own journey as a professional athlete and realized what he did socially was his true greatness. When I choose to speak out, I always think about Jim Brown.”
James added that Brown broke the ‘walls’ for him. The Lakers player said that he is ‘so grateful that I was able to call you my friend’.
“I hope I can continue to honor your legacy with my words and actions. My prayers to your family. I know they are all incredibly proud of everything you did for our community!”