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Former Cavs great John 'Hot Rod' Williams is on life support battling cancer

Former Cavs great John 'Hot Rod' Williams is currently on life support battling cancer.

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According to The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto, former Cavaliers star John 'Hot Rod' Williams is currently on life support due to an ongoing battle with cancer. Williams is currently in the intensive care unit of a hospital near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Williams is from nearby Sorrento, Louisiana and resides in the area.

Williams, 53, played in Cleveland from 1986 until 1995 and in nine season, averaged 13 points and 7.1 rebounds. He is also second in Cavs history with 1,200 blocked shots. For most of his career, Williams was the Cavs' sixth man and was a key part of teams featuring Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and Craig Elho that were among the NBA's best in the late 80s and early 90s. Those teams, of course, could never get past Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls.

During his NBA career, he also played for the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks and he retired in 1999 after playing one season with the Mavericks. He started construction company in Sorrento upon retiring from the NBA.

It is unclear at this time what type of cancer Williams has, although his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told Pluto that it's a 'very serious situation'.