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Ex-NBA star, Eddie Johnson dies while serving life in prison

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Eddie Johnson, the Atlanta Hawks All-Star who was sentenced to life in prison for s.e.xually assaulting a young child in 2008, has died at age 65 from an undisclosed illness.   

The two-time NBA All-Star passed away on October 26. A cause of death was not disclosed, but his passing was confirmed Tuesday by Rocker-Cusack Mortuary in Leesburg, Florida.

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 eight-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.

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

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