Paul Westphal has passed away at age 70, the Phoenix Suns announced on Saturday.
Westphal was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2020.
"Westy will forever be remembered as a prominent Valley sports legend both on and off the court. He built an illustrious career as both a player and a coach. His legacy ranks among the most quintessential basketball icons of all time.
"Throughout the past 40 years, Westy has remained a great friend of the organization and as a trusted sounding board and confidant for me. His No. 44 will forever hold its place in our Ring of Honor, enshrined as one of the utmost deserving members," said Robert Sarver in a statement.
Westphal went 318-279 as a head coach, including one finals appearance with the Suns.
Westphal was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2019.