Josh Maravich dead at 42: Son of Hall of Fame player and NBA legend Pete Maravich passes away

  • While his father is considered a legend in Baton Rouge, Josh was only a walk-on
  • Josh & his brother Jaeson pushed for a statue of their dad to be built on campus

Former LSU basketball player Josh Maravich, son of late Hall of Fame basketball player Pete Maravich, has died at age 42, the university announced Saturday night.

He died at home on Friday, the LSU statement said. No cause of death has been released.

Josh Maravich was a reserve for LSU – which plays home games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center – from the 2001-02 to 2004-05 seasons under then-coach John Brady.

For the younger Maravich, it was a childhood dream to play for LSU, where his father set the men’s NCAA Division I scoring record of 3,667 points between 1967 and 1970.

‘I wanted to come here for my dad to make him proud,’ Josh Maravich said in a 2005 article in The Daily Reveille, the LSU student newspaper. 

Josh Maravich died suddenly at age 42 on Saturday, nearly 20 years since last playing for LSU

Josh (L) and his older brother Jaeson attend the NBA 1997 All-Star Game at Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, where their father was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary team, in 1997

Pete Maravich played for the Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz (pictured) and Boston Celtics after playing college basketball at LSU, where he set the all-time leading NCAA Division 1 men's scoring record (3,667 points)

Josh Maravich was only six years old when his legendary father passed away at age 40 from an undetected heart condition in 1988

Maravich previously said his dream was to play for the Tigers growing up, just like his father

Maravich previously said his dream was to play for the Tigers growing up, just like his father

‘I knew I wasn’t going to be a star player, but for me being a walk-on was what I always wanted to do.’

Pete Maravich was a prolific scorer during an NBA career that was cut short in 1980 by lingering effects of a major knee injury a couple years prior.

In 1988, at age 40, he died from a heart condition that had gone undetected.

Earlier this year, he was back in the headlines when his Division I scoring mark – which went unmatched by any men’s or women’s player for more than half a century – was surpassed by Iowa star Caitlin Clark (3,951 points).

In 2022, when LSU unveiled a bronze statue of Pete Maravich outside its basketball facility, sculptor Brian Hanlon credited Josh Maravich and his older brother Jaeson Maravich with the idea to depict their father – who was known for his showmanship and creativity – making a behind-the-back pass.