NBA great Darryl Dawkins died Thursday, presumably from natural causes. Dawkins, who was known for his rim-shaking, backboard shattering dunks also went by the name "Chocolate Thunder'" a nicknamed bestowed upon him by music legend, Stevie Wonder.
“The Sixers family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of an absolute legend, Darryl Dawkins. We’ve lost a dear friend and an iconic figure, both on and off the court. We remember fondly not only his thunderous dunks, but more importantly his powerful presence and personality. Simply put, Darryl Dawkins was beloved—by his family, friends, former teammates and his fans all over the globe. His endearing charm, infectious smile and unparalleled sense of humor will be sorely missed. ‘Chocolate Thunder’ will always have a special place in our hearts. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”