GENE Ransom, a member of the prestigious Golden Bears sports hall, died after being shot while driving on Interstate 880 in Oakland, California.
Ransom rose to fame during his years as a point guard for the University of California, Berkeley men’s basketball team.
According to KPIX, California Highway Patrol officers responded to an accident on I-880 around 5:15 p.m. KST Friday.
The vehicle reportedly hit a railing and came to a halt.
Upon arrival, police found a victim who had been shot dead.
A family member confirmed Ransom’s death to KPIX on Saturday.
Ransom attended Berkeley High School in the 1970s before becoming the star of the Cal hoops team.
While at Cal, the 5-foot-9 point guard won a number of records and titles, according to the school’s athletics website.
Ransom held the Cal record for most minutes played in a game.
On February 10, 1977, he played 63.5 minutes in the team’s five-overtime victory over Oregon. He scored 36 points in that match.
Ransom had two other games over 30 points against Cal, scoring 30 against Washington on January 12, 1978 and 31 against Oregon State on February 16, 1978.
He also led Cal in assists in all three years he played, averaging 17.0 points per game during the 1977-78 season.
He was inducted into the California Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.
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