Norm Van Lier, one of the most popular players in Bulls history, was found dead in his Chicago apartment today. He was 61.

The cause of death was not released, pending a report by the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Van Lier had been working as a Bulls analyst for ComcastSportsnet Chicago after 10-year playing career.

He did not arrive for a scheduled appearance on the network's postgame show following the Bulls-New Jersey Nets game Wednesday night.

A Chicago Fire Department squad conducted a wellness check after he hadn't been reached Thursday morning. They discovered his body shortly before 1 p.m., and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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