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RIP Marvin Webster

I received an email from Denver Stiffs reader Kevin T. today suggesting I mention the passing of former Nuggets center Marvin Webster. Kevin wrote:

"You probably don’t remember [Webster]. When the Nuggets drafted him he was listed at 6’10", but when he came into training camp they measured him at 7’ 1" and a fraction. That was a pleasant surprise. The Nuggets made him the first draft pick of the ABA draft because they knew they were going to get the rights to David Thompson through a trade (so they didn’t draft Thompson first)."

In case the story hasn't made it your way yet, Webster - known as "The Human Eraser" - was found dead in the bathtub of a Tulsa hotel due to coronary artery disease. He was just 56 years old. Tragically, Webster's own son died of a heart attack in 1997 at the age of 18 during his sophomore year at Temple University.

If you have a few minutes, I also encourage readers to check out The Wages of Wins Journal's feature on Webster from 2007.