Ex-Hawks player and NBA All-Star Dan Roundfield drowned while swimming off Aruba on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Former NBA All-Star Dan Roundfield has drowned while swimming off the Caribbean island of Aruba.
Aruba police spokesman John Larmonie says Roundfield and his wife were caught in strong currents Monday while swimming beyond a protected reef area on the southeastern tip of the island. Roundfield helped his wife to safety but then the current swept away the 59-year-old former player.
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Roundfield's sister-in-law, Julia Roundfield of Detroit, confirmed the athlete's death to The Associated Press.
Larmonie says a search team found Dan Roundfield's body underwater about 90 minutes after he was swept away, trapped by rocks. Officials said Roundfield's wife was still on the island Tuesday after being treated for shock.
Roundfield was named to All-Star teams in 1980, 1981 and 1982, when he played for the Atlanta Hawks.
Hawks general manager Danny Ferry released a statement Tuesday afternoon about Roundfield's passing:
The Atlanta Hawks family is deeply saddened by the passing of Danny Roundfield, who dies Monday, Aug. 6 in Aruba. Danny represented the Hawks with dignity and pride both on and off the court, and this is a tragic loss for us all. Our hearts go out to the Roundfield family, his wife Bernadette, his two sons Christopher and Corey, and his grandchildren.
"Danny was the most honest and upfront person I knew, and I'm very stunned at hearing the news of his death," Dominique Wilkins, a teammate of Roundfield's, said Tuesday. "Danny's one of my closest friends, and he was a tremendous influence on my NBA career on and off the court. He taught me how to be a professional and took me under his wing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I will truly miss him."
(The Associated Press)