(NBC News) – Three-time NBA MVP Moses Malone was laid to rest Saturday.
Hundreds gathered at a Houston church to say their goodbyes at Malone’s funeral.
Malone passed away last Sunday in his sleep while in Norfolk for a celebrity golf tournament.
Malone was the first player to jump straight from high school to the pros and was inducted into the NBA hall of fame in 2001.
Malone’s former teammate Charles Barkley spoke at the funeral and called it “bittersweet.”
Barkley said: “this is a tough situation. This is one of the coolest things to ever happen to me in my life, because when the family asked me to speak this means Moses told them he was proud of me and that’s the sweet part. This day is bitter and it’s sweet…”
Barkley continued to praise Malone as a father figure.
Malone’s 20-year NBA career spanned over eight teams.
The medical examiner ruled his cause of death as heart disease.
Malone was 60 years old.