Willis suffered from congestive heart problems over approximately the past year.
Basketball Hall of Famer and legendary New York Knicks center/power forward Willis Reed died at the age of 80 on Tuesday.
Reed had been suffering from congestive heart problems over the past year, according to multiple reports.
Reed is best known for the iconic moment when he emerged from the tunnel at Madison Square Garden for Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Reed's availability for that game was unknown, even to his teammates, as he was nursing a right thigh injury.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver called Reed the ultimate team player and consummate leader in a statement.
Reed was the first member of the Knicks to have his number retired and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.
The Knicks organization issued a statement expressing their sadness at the passing of their beloved captain.
The Knicks will honor Reed's memory by upholding his leadership, effort, and work ethic.Celebrities Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik, Selena Gomez, and Leonardo DiCaprio