Armen Gilliam

Basketball Player

Birthday May 28, 1964

Birth Sign Gemini

Birthplace Pennsylvania

DEATH DATE Jul 5, 2011 (47)

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Played 13 years in the NBA, where he was nicknamed "The Hammer." He died while playing a pickup basketball game.

Before Fame

He played on the 1986 USA Basketball team, which won gold medals despite being an underdog.


He changed the spelling of his name from Armon to Armen because people pronounced it incorrectly.

Family Life

He had three children: Cheryl, Jeremiah and Joshua.

Associated With

He was one of the few athletes to die while playing the game they loved. Pistol Pete Maravich also died during a pickup game.