DEAD: Curly Neal (aged 77)
American basketball player
Frederick “Curly” Neal (May 19, 1942 – March 26, 2020) was an American basketball player who played with the Harlem Globetrotters. Following in the footsteps of Marques Haynes, Neal became the Trotters’ featured ballhandler, a key role in the team’s exhibition act.
DEATH: A mural commemorating Neal’s achievements both as a Globetrotter and during his time at Dudley High School is painted in the basketball gym of the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA at 1101 East Market Street in Greensboro, North Carolina. He had two daughters, Rocurl (Raquel) and Laverne Neal, and six grandchildren, David, Dante, Jayden, Brandon, Deja and Hailey. Neal lived in Houston with his fiancé Linda Ware until his death. On March 26, 2020, Neal died at his home outside Houston at the age of 77.