MIAMI ( – Don Carter, the original superstar of bowling, passed away Thursday night at the age of 85.

Carter originally moved to Miami in 1972 after retiring from the Pro Bowlers Association because of knee injuries.

During his time as a pro bowler, he won seven PBA titles, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.

Carter would go on to open bowling centers in South Florida to try to help more people pick up the hobby he so dearly loved.

According to the Herald, Carter was voted the 11th best PBA player of all-time in 2009 and ranked second in Bowling Magazine’s 20 Greatest Bowlers of the 20th Century.

Carter did a series of Miller Lite ads in the 1980’s, but didn’t venture much into the public light after he retired from the PBA tour.

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