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Former Knicks star Dean Meminger found dead in hotel room

Aug. 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Former New York Knicks star Dean "The Dream" Meminger was found dead in a New York hotel room, his family said. He was 65.

Meminger, who helped lead the Knicks to the 1973 NBA title, had a history of drug abuse that dated back to his playing days, the website TMZ.com said. He was nearly killed after a fire started while he was allegedly smoking crack cocaine in 2009.

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No cause of death was reported after hotel staff found Meminger dead in his room Friday after he failed to check out that morning. A witness told TMZ Meminger had "white stuff" oozing out of his nose. He was still wearing his championship ring.

Meminger was the Knicks' first-round draft choice in 1971.

"We want to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences during this difficult time for our family," relatives said in a statement following Meminger's death.

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