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Former Iowa basketball star Arnold dies at 59

Former Iowa basketball star Kenny Arnold has died at 59.

The school said he died Saturday after health issues for more than 30 years. Teammates say he died in the Chicago area. Arnold had limited speech and mobility from a brain tumor and several strokes.

Arnold played for Iowa from 1979-82, leading the Hawkeyes to their last Final Four in 1980. He topped the team in scoring during that run despite a broken thumb. With Arnold, Iowa appeared in four NCAA tournaments and won the 1979 Big Ten title.

Arnold averaged 11.7 points and 3.9 assists as a junior. He was a third-team All-Big Ten pick as a senior.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said Iowa “lost one of the most inspirational players our program has ever had.”

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