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Lonnie Shelton – a giant in Kern County athletics – dead at 62

Lonnie Shelton is seen in a yearbook photo provided Monday, July 9, 2018, by Foothill High School in Bakersfield, Calif. Shelton died Sunday at the age of 62. He’s regarded by some as the best all-around athlete to come from Kern County.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Lonnie Shelton, who has been recognized as possibly the best all-around athlete to come from Kern County, passed away.

Shelton originally went to South High School, but moved to Foothill High School as a sophomore. He graduated in 1973.

In 2013 he became a member of the Foothill High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

"When they introduced him they were talking about him being the LeBron James before LeBron James. I mean, both these guys phenomenal athletes that could have played multiple professional sports," Pat Carlotti, Foothill High School teacher said. "He's the best kid in the history of Bakersfield."

Shelton was an All-American in football and track, went on to play basketball at Oregon State and then played for three NBA teams, even being named an All-Star in 1982.

The Foothill High School Athletic Department confirmed Shelton died Sunday night in Los Angeles at the age of 62. CBS Sports is reporting Shelton suffered complications from a heart attack.

Friends said he was in a coma.

Carlotti said he got to know Shelton when he was being inducted into the Foothill Hall of Fame. He said Shelton was extremely humble and was always looking to give back to the school.



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