Former UK great Frank Ramsey dies at 86

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UK legend and former All-American Frank Ramsey died on Sunday at the age of 86.

UK Athletics announced his death Sunday afternoon, saying he died of natural causes in his hometown of Madisonville.

Ramsey was a key contributor on Kentucky's 1951 national championship team and also one of the stars on the 1954 team that went a perfect 25-0.

“Frank Ramsey was a true champion and a true Wildcat,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “He was one of the best players our program and our state have ever seen and further cemented his legend as a professional. We offer our deepest condolences to Frank’s family and friends.”

Ramsey is a three-time All-American, and also went on to play with the Boston Celtics, winning seven NBA Championships in the 1950s and 1960s.

Ramsey is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the College Basketball Hall of Fame, and the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. His No. 30 jersey also hangs in the rafters at Rupp Arena.

Funeral arrangements for Ramsey have not been finalized.