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Former owner of the Boston Celtics

October 22, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Harry Mangurian Jr., 82, a former owner of the Boston Celtics and renowned horse breeder, died Sunday at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after an eight-month battle with leukemia.

Mangurian owned the Celtics from 1979-83, a tenure that included an NBA championship in 1981 and the signings of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, who became stars for the pro basketball team.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Mangurian was successful at numerous business ventures, including his start as owner of a family-run furniture store and as a breeder of champion thoroughbreds on the 1,100-acre Mockingbird Farm in Ocala, Fla.

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