Former NBA star Marvin Webster dead at 56


Former NBA star Marvin Webster was found dead in a hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 56.

According to Tulsa police spokesman Jason Willingham, the 7-foot-1 center was discovered Monday morning in a bathtub inside his room at the Ambassador Hotel.

The cause of his death is unknown pending autopsy results, said Cherokee Ballard, a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office.

Willingham said he does not believe foul play was involved.

Known as the “Human Eraser” for his shot-blocking ability, Webster helped the Seattle SuperSonics to the NBA Finals in 1978 and then spent six seasons with the New York Knicks.

He averaged 7.1 points and 7.0 rebounds during his nine-year NBA career.