Former Silver Star Dydek Passes Away

We here at Project Spurs are sad to report that a member of the San Antonio sports family has passed away. Former Silver Stars center Margo Dydek has passed away according to nbcsports.com.dydek

Former WNBA player Margo Dydek has died after suffering a heart attack a week ago and being placed in a medically induced coma.

Cathy Roberts, the operations manager for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League, where Dydek was head coach, told The Associated Press that Dydek, 37, died early Friday.

The Poland-born Dydek suffered the heart attack on May 19 and collapsed at her home in Brisbane.

Dydek, who was pregnant with her third child, was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 WNBA draft by the Utah Starzz. She also played for San Antonio, Connecticut and Los Angeles.

Roberts said there was no other information available immediately on Dydek’s death and that she was awaiting a statement from the family.

Dydek was drafted 1st overall by the Utah Starzz in 1998. The franchise relocated to San Antonio and became the Silver Stars.  In 2005, she was traded to the Connecticut Sun. She would end her career with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2008.

Here are some of Dydek’s WNBA accomplishments.

Dydek currently holds the record for most blocks in a WNBA career, with 877 blocks in 323 games.

Dydek led the WNBA in blocks 9 times (1998–2003, 2005–07)

Dydek led the WNBA in blocks/game 8 times (1998–2003, 2006–07)

Dydek led the WNBA in Defensive Rebounds (214) in 2001

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dydek and her family through this tragic time. 

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