Darryl Dawkins, a high-scoring, big-dunking center who played the bulk of his 15-year NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, has died at the age of 58.

A Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest spokesperson confirmed to the Daily News that Dawkins died there at 11:19 a.m. Thursday morning. His family released a statement later in the day listing the cause of death as a heart attack.

“Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart,” the statement read.

“His family, wife Janice, children Dara, Tabitha, Nicholas and Alexis, along with countless family, friends, and fans, all mourn his loss.”

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