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Canadian basketball star Eli Pasquale, 59, dies of cancer

TORONTO -- Canadian Olympic basketball star Eli Pasquale has died of cancer at the age of 59, Canada Basketball said in a statement Monday.

Pasquale led Canada to a fourth-place finish at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and sixth place at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He played in four world championships and two Pan American Games. He was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Pasquale was drafted in 1984 by the Seattle SuperSonics but didn't make the team. He played professionally in Argentina, West Germany and Switzerland.

Former Canada coach and player Jay Triano shared the same backcourt with Pasquale and traveled the world with him. He called it a "sad day for basketball in our country.''

Pasquale, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, is survived by wife Karen, sons Isiah and Manny, brother Vito, sister Luciana and mother Adriana.