Bradley Center board chair Marc Marotta died of natural causes

Bradley Center board chair Marc Marotta died of natural causes
Marc Marotta

A former basketball player at Marquette University who served in Gov. Jim Doyle’s cabinet and as head of the BMO Harris Bradley Center board has passed away.

Marc Marotta, 52, passed away on Wednesday.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner told WTMJ in Milwaukee Marotta died of natural causes Wednesday afternoon.

The North Shore Fire Department said they went to the Wisconsin Athletic Club in Glendale just after 2 p.m. and found him not breathing.

Marotta most recently worked as a partner with the law firm Foley and Lardner.

Marotta became secretary of administration under Doyle in 2003. He also served on the Summerfest and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee boards.

“I feel honored to have shared in some measure his joyful life. Everything he did in politics, business and his persona life was motivated by his selfless and caring nature,” Doyle said in a statement. “He loved Milwaukee. He loved Wisconsin. He gave everything he had to make the world a better place. There is little happening in Milwaukee that Marc has not influenced for the better. And he did it all with his big personality, grace, humor and intelligence.”

Marotta’s alma mater, Marquette University, was among those confirming his death. Marotta was a three-time Academic All-American as a college basketball star. He was drafted by the New York Knicks after graduating in 1984, but chose Harvard Law School instead.