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Former Piston, Central Michigan star Dan Roundfield reportedly drowns in Aruba

Tragic news being reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and others right now:

Former Hawks All-Star Dan Roundfield drowned yesterday off the coast of Aruba, according to an awe24.com report.

The report said Roundfield’s wife became distressed while swimming at Baby Beach and Roundfield tried to assist her. His body was found an hour later, according to the report.

The Aruba Herald reported that witnesses saw the woman return to shore but that Roundfield was taken out to sea. Roundfield’s body was found under some rocks, the Herald reported.

The couple were vacationing at the Renaissance Resort.

Roundfield was an All-Star three times during his career and made several all-defense teams. He only played one season with the Pistons, but is a key figure in their history — he was the player Detroit sent to Washington in exchange for Rick Mahorn.

He was a great college player at CMU and a great high school player in Detroit. Prayers certainly go out to his family.



  • Aug 7, 201211:18 pm
    by jprime18


    Horrible. At least he was able to save his wife. RIP Dan

  • Aug 8, 20129:38 am
    by Roni adelman


    After 32years living across the street from Dan and Bernie I can vouch that you would have to search far and wide to find more decent, kind and loving people. Athletic ability is a talent and skill, being a wonderful, kind ,soft and generous person is the most impressive quality about Dan. I am so hurting for Dan and for Bernie. With all my love, Roni

  • Aug 9, 20127:35 pm
    by Diane and Tom Casey


    We’re in shock after hearing of Dan’s tragic death. As friends and neighbors of Dan and Bernie, we are heartbroken! 

    Dan was sweet, kind, gentle, generous and honest as the day is long. He was a loving husband to Bernie, a wonderful Dad to Christopher and Corey, and a loving Grandfather. He was very active in multiple charities, and he had a big and giving heart. 

    We always enjoyed dates with Dan and Bernie. They were a very loving couple, devoted to each other since they were very young. We just can’t think of Bernie without Dan.

    We extend our thoughts, prayers and sympathies to Bernie, her sons, the Grandchildren and to all the members of Dan and Bernie’s families.

    We will always have our fond memories of Dan, and will miss him terribly. 

    Diane and Tom Casey

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