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Cincinnati basketball great, Connie Dierking, has died
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- It is with very heavy hearts here at Local 12 that we report the passing of Bearcat hall-of-famer and Cincinnati Royals player Connie Dierking.
Connie was also the father of our dear friend and co-worker Cammy. She shared the sad news with us a short time ago.
Connie Dierking was born in Brooklyn 77 years ago. He was an All-American at the University of Cincinnati in 1958. That year he embarked on a 14-year pro career. Five of those seasons were spent right here with the Cincinnati Royals.
At 6' 10", he was normally charged with shutting down the other team's biggest man, but he still managed to average ten points game over his lengthy career.
Connie went on to do some color commentary for Bearcats games in the eighties. He also worked in marketing right up until November when he suffered a fall. That fall triggered the problems that eventually led to his body shutting down.
Connie was proud of his basketball career but equally proud of his family. That includes five wonderful daughters and a half dozen grandchildren.
He spent the last thirty years with his wife, Robyn, by his side. The family is working out final arrangements.
All of our love goes out to Cammy and the entire Dierking family. Once again Cincinnati basketball great, Connie Dierking, has passed away at age 77.