1988 Pistol Pete Maravich Last Basketball Shot ~ LSU Tigers – NBA – Hall of Fame

1988 Pistol Pete Maravich Last Basketball Shot ~ LSU Tigers - NBA - Hall of Fame



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This video segment is about the death of basketball legend Pistol Pete Maravich. On January 5, 1988, Pete Maravich collapsed and died at age 40 of heart failure while playing in a pickup basketball game in the gym at a church in Pasadena, California, with a group that included James Dobson of Focus on the Family fame. Maravich had flown out from his home in Louisiana to tape a segment for Dobson’s radio show that aired later that day. Dobson has said that Maravich’s last words, less than a minute before he died, were “I feel great.” An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a rare congenital defect; he had been born with a missing left coronary artery, a vessel which supplies blood to the muscle fibers of the heart. His right coronary artery was grossly enlarged and had been compensating for the defect.

Maravich is buried at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

25 thoughts on “1988 Pistol Pete Maravich Last Basketball Shot ~ LSU Tigers – NBA – Hall of Fame”

  1. Pistol I know you're listening and Watching. In today's game you would of shoot the lights out of these players right now, while you laughing at your grave. RIP Pistol.

  2. I wonder what caused the heart attack. Did he have any health issues? Was it because of the activity during his age? Was he perfectly fine and it just “happened”? BTW who else is here from searching pistol in safari?

  3. Man he died so young he was the one who started it all on the courts people think MJ did but not true it was Pete R.I.P.

  4. Right before he died, he spoke openly about how finding Jesus Christ is all that mattered to him. He said he lived a life of sin but then by the grace of God he responded to God's call to repentance and then worshiping God not basketball.

  5. A heart attack at age 40? Far too early. Poor sod. Helluva player.
    Added, from Wikipedia:
    An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a rare congenital defect; he had been born with a missing left coronary artery, a vessel that supplies blood to the muscle fibers of the heart. His right coronary arterywas grossly enlarged and had been compensating for the defect.[30]

    Maravich died the year after his father's passing and a number of years after his mother, who had committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot. 

    His mom's suicide must have led him deeper into religion.

  6. this is my birth home in the church that I went to a starting in 1968 and Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene Pasadena I played basketball in this gym I believe one or two days after Pistol Pete passed away quite a memory

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