Dan Roundfield Rumors

She returned to where Bernie sat and waited with her. “Here I am, a random stranger, talking to her and holding her hand, as this terrible realization is setting in that her husband is probably lost,” Brandt said. A year later, she said she was still dealing with the psychological fallout of her role that day. After a short while, the police called in a search team. It took 90 minutes for one of the divers — a teenage boy — to find Dan’s body, one leg pinned under rocks, miraculously held there from going out to sea.
Other than brief interviews she gave last summer, she had not shared the most haunting details of the death of her husband, who drowned at age 59 in Aruba last summer while attempting to save her from a similar fate. It had been all she could do to return the body home and to organize the funeral 10 days after his death so his family and friends could say their goodbyes. But she could not find the strength to read the cards and letters that poured into the family home. Nor could she reach out to express her gratitude, with one major exception. “I hadn’t talked about it because it was so hard,” she said. “But I had decided that I wanted — I needed to — find a way to say thank you.”
It’s important to note that this New York Times feature isn’t about famous people who died this year. It’s regular people, with photos and remembrances submitted by their friends and family. And there, barely noticeable between a “devoted wife and mother” and an Egyptian immigrant doctor, is Dan Roundfield, the former NBA player who drowned in August trying to rescue his wife from rough seas. The brief note accompanying the photo was written by Dominique Wilkins, who played with Roundfield on the Hawks for two seasons. This wasn’t commissioned by the Times—it was just Wilkins reaching out when he saw an opportunity to publicly honor his friend and teammate.
Roundfield was an established veteran when Dominique Wilkins, a likely Hall of Famer, entered the league in 1982. “Danny was the most honest and upfront person I knew and I’m very stunned at hearing the news of his death,” Wilkins said in a statement released by the organization. “Danny’s one of my closest friends and he was a tremendous influence on my NBA career, on and off the court. He taught me how to be a professional and took me under his wing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, I will truly miss him.”