“Elgin was the love of my life and my best friend,” his wife, Elaine, said in a statement provided by the team. “And like everyone else, I was in awe of his immense courage, dignity and the time he gave to all fans. At this time we ask that I and our family be allowed to mourn his passing in privacy.”
According to the Lakers, Baylor died with Elaine and his daughter, Krystal, by his side.
He played with the Lakers his entire career, including two seasons when the franchise was still based in Minneapolis.
The Lakers retired his No. 22 jersey in 1983.