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Former NBA All-Star “Fast” Eddie Johnson, who was banned from NBA, has died


ASSOCIATED PRESS — Eddie Johnson, the two-time All-Star for the Atlanta Hawks whose career was shortened by arrests which led to a ban from the NBA and life sentence in prison, has died.


Due to his explosive first step, Johnson earned the nickname “Fast Eddie” and averaged 15.1 points in 10 NBA seasons.


He set a career high by averaging 19.1 points for the Hawks in the 1980-81 season.


Johnson was 53 when, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website, he received a mandatory life sentence in 2008 after he was found guilty of sexual assault on an 8-year-old girl.


Johnson was serving the life sentence at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton, Florida when an undisclosed illness led to his death.


The mortuary said Johnson will be buried at Weirsdale (Florida) Community Cemetery on Saturday.






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