Neal died at his home near Houston.
Neal played in over 6,000 games in 97 countries from 1963-1985.
While the news is still fresh for many, basketball fans on Twitter are sharing their condolences and we join them in wishing a restful and powerful peace for the great Curly Neal and we also extend warm. thoughts to his family, friends, and fans worldwide.
Neal's shaved head and basketball excellence made him one of the faces of the Globetrotters, a traveling exhibition team known for mixing comedy in with its superb basketball skills.
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Harlem Globetrotters' Fred "Curly" Neal, shown here during a 1975 game, was known as a master dribbler. Neal is one of eight Globetrotters players ever to have their jersey numbers retired - in the company of legends such as Wilt Chamberlain and Meadowlark Lemon. "He always made time for his many fans and inspired millions".
The news of Neal's death comes soon after the death of the former National Basketball Association commissioner, David Stern. He was sworn in right into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in a 2008 course that consisted of North Carolina train Roy Williams.
The Globetrotters encourage ticket holders to hold on to tickets, as the team will make every effort to reschedule postponed events as soon as possible.
Neal's No. 22 was retired by the Globetrotters during a ceremony at Madison Square Garden in 2008.
By the 1970s he was one of the most recognizable members of the team, and was featured in all of the Globtrotters' media endeavors during the decade. Neal himself appeared in Superboy, the ship of love, a Gilligan's Island TV movie and The white shadow, among other shows.