INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Pacers are mourning the loss of one of the team's founders. Dick Tinkham, who was also one of the founding fathers of the American Basketball Association, has died after a lengthy fight with muscular dystrophy. 

Pacers Sports & Entertainment released the following statement Monday after Tinkham's passing:

Dick was a guiding light in the formation of both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the Indiana Pacers, who would become the ABA’s flagship franchise. He was instrumental in pulling together the initial ownership group and worked tirelessly behind the scenes in overcoming many obstacles to ensure the Pacers would remain a viable franchise and eventually forever transform the Indianapolis sports landscape by moving into Market Square Arena and the National Basketball Association.

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