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(NEWSER) – Probably the most well-known of the Harlem Globetrotters has died at age 83. Meadowlark Lemon died Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., his wife, Cynthia, confirmed, per the New York Times.

Referred to as the "Clown Prince of Basketball," Lemon played for the famous exhibition team for more than 26 seasons, clocking a staggering 16,000-plus career games and becoming renowned for his famous hook shot. But the revered showman wasn't all for show: He was also a highly respected player, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and noted for being a major part of basketball right as the NBA started its ascent, per the Times. Before he died in 1999, ex-teammate Wilt Chamberlain said in a TV interview that "Meadowlark was the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player I've ever seen."

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