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The man who brought the NBA and the NHL to the nation’s capital in the ’70s has died.

News4 received the sad news Tuesday that Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin, 85, has passed away. Washington Sports & Entertainment offered no further details.

“He was just one giant of a man,” Councilman Marion Barry said.

Abe and Irene Pollin have had a profound impact on sports and the community in the D.C. area.

Abe Pollin was born in Philadelphia and moved to the area with his family when he was 8. He graduated from The George Washington University in 1945 and worked for his family’s construction company until he and his wife launched their own in 1957.

Abe Pollin would have turned 86 next week.