Thirteen-year NBA star, Anthony Mason, has died. He was 48.
A Knicks spokesperson told ESPNthat the longtime NBA player passed away Saturday morning of congestive heart failure, of which he was diagnosed with earlier this month after suffering a heart attack during a routine exam at a New York hospital.
However, many Knicks fans are shocked by his sudden death after a report from his son, Antoine earlier this week, said his father was “getting better” after multiple heart surgeries.
In addressing Mason’s death, his eldest son, Anthony Mason Jr. said, “First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it.
Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us.”
Mason was a defensive start who played a key role in helping his team reach the 1994 NBA finals averaging 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds throughout his career. He was out for the 1998-99 season with ruptured biceps while playing for the Charlotte Hornets.
He won NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in 1995 and was named to the All-Star Game in 2001 while playing for the Miami Heat.
Mason’s son, Antoine plays at Auburn University. His eldest son, Anthony Jr., played for St. John’s.