According to a tweet from his family, Bill Russell, the first black NBA head coach, died “peacefully” on Sunday.
Russell won 11 titles with the Boston Celtics, including eight consecutive from 1959 to 1966. He was an All-Star twelve times and won the NBA MVP five times.
He was the first head coach to lead the Celtics to two titles while serving as their coach.
The famed athlete was also married four times throughout his life, three of which ended in divorce. In this article, we’ll learn more about his first wife, Rose Swisher.
Rose Swisher, Bill Rusell’s first love and wife, died on September 11, 2014, at the age of 78.
The two ex-lovers originally met while attending college together. Rose and Bill Russell were married on December 9, 1956. Similarly, their marriage lasted around 20 years until terminating in divorce in 1973.
Bill Russell, shown here in 1969, died at the age of 88.
In addition, in his second marriage, he married Dorothy Anstett. He married Dorothy in 1977, during the discussion about inter-racial marriage. Dorothy was white, and interracial marriages were still unusual, despite the fact that they had just been legal in 1967.
Dorothy Anstett was 29 years old when she married Russell, who was 43. They were married for three years before splitting up in 1980.
Russell married Marilyn Nault, his third wife, in 1996; their marriage lasted until her death in January 2009. Russell was married to Jeannine Russell, his fourth wife, when he died.
Bill Rusell and Rose Swisher had three children: Karen Russell, an attorney and television commentator, and boys William Jr. and Jacob.
Karen Russell, a television attorney and legal expert, was born on January 20, 1962. She has degrees from both Harvard Law School and Georgetown University.
Similarly, Karen, an exceptional television reporter, has served as executive director of Artists for a New South Africa and as development director for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights. Some of her work has appeared on The Huffington Post.
Karen is a frequent legal and political commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and TruTV.
On November 2, 1957, Bill and Rose Russell welcomed their son William Felton Russell Jr., commonly known as Buddha, into the world in Melrose, Massachusetts. While residing in St. George, Utah, the son of a renowned basketball player worked for Cox Trucking for many years.
In addition, William married his childhood sweetheart Sherrill Hansen, and their son’s name is Sean Tyler Russell.