Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Underwent Heart Surgery

by April 20, 2015

NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a successful quadruple coronary bypass late last week at his alma mater.

The Hall of Fame center was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with an unspecified cardiovascular disease.

Per the OC Register:

Lakers’ legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recovering after undergoing successful heart surgery Thursday, his 68th birthday, at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Westwood.


Dr. Richard Shemin, UCLA’s chief of cardiovascular surgery, performed a quadruple coronary bypass on the NBA Hall of Fame center, who was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earlier this week with cardiovascular disease. […] Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time career scoring leader with 38,387 points. He retired in 1989 after winning six NBA championships, including five with the Lakers.


According to a news release from UCLA Health, Abdul-Jabbar “asks that you keep him in your thoughts and, most importantly, cherish and live each day to its fullest” and that “you support those in your own community who may be suffering from various health issues.”