Eaton was found unconscious near his home in Summit County, Utah, after being involved in what appeared to be a bicycle crash on Friday, according to Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Eaton was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.
“The Utah Jazz are profoundly saddened at the unexpected passing of Mark Eaton, who was an enduring figure in our franchise history and had a significant impact in the community after his basketball career,” the Utah Jazz said in a statement.”
“His presence continued around the organization as a friend and ambassador while giving back as a businessman and volunteer to his adopted hometown in Utah. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Teri and their extended family. Mark will be greatly missed by all of us with the Jazz.”
The Jazz drafted Eaton in 1982 in the fourth round of the NBA Draft. He played 11 seasons at center with the Jazz and became a defensive standout.
Eaton was a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and has the fourth-most blocks in league history during his career in Utah, among a bevy of defensive accolades.
He still holds the record for most blocked shots in a season, amassing 456 blocks during the 1984-85 season.
The Jazz retired his number 53 during the 1995-96 season.