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Basketball legend Bill Russell watches the Seattle Seahawks during warmups at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. File photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

By Alex Butler, UPI

Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell stayed overnight in a Seattle, Wash. hospital after suffering from dehydration.

He was released on Saturday.

The 12-time All-Star, 11-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer responded to concerns voiced on social media on Saturday with a Twitter statement.

"Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts," Russell tweeted. "Yes I was taken to the hospital last night and as my wife likes to remind me I don't drink enough. On my way home and as most my friends know I don't have a heart to give me trouble."



Russell, 84, lives in Seattle. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that an ambulance was rushed to the home and took him to a nearby hospital on Friday night.

Russell was also hospitalized in 2014 after collapsing during a speaking appearance in Lake Tahoe, Nev., but quickly recovered.

The five-time NBA MVP was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975. Russell had two children. He played his entire 13-year NBA career with the Celtics.

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