Earl Cureton, the former University of Detroit star, has died at the age of 66

Detroit – Earl Cureton had a long and well-traveled basketball career, which spanned nearly two decades and saw him play for seven NBA teams and numerous organizations overseas.

But Cureton has always had only one real home. That was always Detroit.

Earl Cureton was inducted into the Detroit Mercy Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

Cureton, who played for the University of Detroit and then for the Detroit Pistons and served for many years as a tireless ambassador for both, died Sunday morning, the Pistons and Detroit Mercy confirmed. He was 66 years old. The cause of death was not immediately known. He collapsed at his Farmington Hills home Sunday morning.

“Earl was one of the most generous, positive and caring people I know,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement announcing Cureton’s death on Sunday. “He was a loving father, and I was honored to be his friend.

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