Former Real Madrid center Mark McNamara passed away at 60

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Stefan Djordjevic

01/May/20 19:02

Mark McNamara, former Real Madrid and NBA center, who was also known for his substitute role of Chewbacca in Star Wars died at the age of 60

By Stefan Djordjevic/

The 1983 NBA champion with the Sixers and 1992 FIBA Saporta Cup winner with Real Madrid, Mark McNamoram passed away at the age of 60., the Spanish club announced.

Aside from his 11 years long career in the NBA and Europe (Spain, Italy), some fans might remember him for being the replacement for the acting role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise.

The original actor for the role was Peter Mayhew but he got sick during the filming of the second movie, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. McNamara got the chance to show his acting skills but it was eventually decided that the footage won’t be used but get re-recorded with Mayhew.

The announcement by Real Madrid:

Real Madrid C. F., its president and Board of Directors are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mark McNamara, who was part of the Real Madrid basketball team that won the FIBA Saporta Cup in the 1991-1992 campaign.

American power forward Mark McNamara was 60 years old and had one NBA title to his name, winning with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983.

Real Madrid extends their condolences and deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends.

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