Ron "Fritz" Williams, 59, a former player with the National Basketball Assn.'s Golden State Warriors, died Sunday of a heart attack at his home in San Jose.
A native of Weirton, W.Va., Williams was among the first African Americans to earn a basketball scholarship at West Virginia University, in 1964. Four years later, he began his eight-year career in the NBA. He spent his first five seasons with the Warriors, before playing two years with the Milwaukee Bucks and one with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Williams, a guard, retired after the 1975-76 season with career averages of 9.3 points and 3.5 assists.
He later had assistant coaching stints at UC Berkeley, Mineral College and Iona College.