Sad news from Israel was reported last night, and the condolences are pouring in today. Israeli police last night reported the death of former Maccabi Tel Aviv executive and staple Moni Fanan, who retired from his duties with the team last year. Fanan reportedly committed suicide by hanging. He was 63. The official Euroleague press release follows the break.
(Euroleague.net) — Euroleague Basketball joins the entire European basketball family in mourning the passing of Moni Fanan, the former vice chairman and team manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv, on Monday. Mr. Fanan left Maccabi in the summer of 2008, after 16 seasons both on the board and on the bench, culiminating in the team’s back-to-back Euroleague titles in 2004 and 2005. He had also been a part-owner of the club. “It is a sad day for basketball, and especially for those of us who enjoyed working side-by-side with Moni during so many seasons,” Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family. Euroleague Basketball will dearly miss a great friend of our sport.”