John Powless’s Cause of Death Relates to Long-Time Illness

Unfortunately, the former head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team passed away. John Powless’s cause of death is confirmed as a long illness.

Coach John Powless died at home on Thursday, May 20, at the age of 88. He was one of the world’s top-ranked senior tennis players. He owned John Powless Tennis Center on Madison’s west side for over four decades.

Paul Fanlund, Cap Times editor and publisher, said: “John lived a rich and incredible life on his terms, playing tennis at every prominent venue around the world and developing personal friendships with legends like Arthur Ashe, Bob Knight, Oscar Robertson and Althea Gibson.”

Paul Fanlund and John Powless were friends and tennis partners for decades. Fanlund added: “At heart, John was an earnest man who was a deeply loyal and sincere friend, a person who lived with optimism and resiliency until his last day.”

In 2016, a book was titled “John Powless: A Life Well Played,” local author Dan Smith drew Powless’s life from humble beginnings in southern Illinois.

Coach John Powless’s Cause of Death Revealed as an Illness

Following the tragic news, several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites.

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