Ex-Piston Earl Cureton, former University of Detroit star, dies at 66 | Top Vip News

detroit — Earl Cureton had a long and well-traveled professional basketball career, which spanned nearly two decades and saw him play with seven NBA franchises and multiple overseas organizations.

But Cureton always had only one true home. That was always Detroit.

Earl Cureton was inducted into the Detroit Mercy Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

Cureton, who played for the University of Detroit and later the Detroit Pistons and for many years served as a tireless ambassador for both, died Sunday morning, the Pistons and Detroit Mercy confirmed. He was 66 years old. The cause of death was not immediately known. He collapsed at his Farmington Hills home Sunday morning.

“Earl was one of the most generous, positive and caring people I know,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement announcing Cureton’s death Sunday. “He was a loving father and it was an honor for me to be his friend.

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