Scottie Pippen’s oldest son, 33-year-old Antron, died on Sunday.
The NBA Hall-of-Famer, 55, confirmed the news in matching posts on both Instagram and Twitter, explaining the special bond they shared, and his son’s battle w ith chronic asthma. Pippen did not list a cause of death.
“I’m heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron. The two of us shared a love for basketball and we had countless conversations about the game,” Pippen wrote alongside photos with Antron, who he said would’ve had a successful NBA career if it weren’t for issues with his health.
“Antron suffered from chronic asthma and if he hadn’t had it, I truly believe he would’ve made it to the NBA. He never let that get him down, though — Antron stayed positive and worked hard, and I am so proud of the man that he became.”
Pippen went on to request that fans keep Antron’s mother, Karen McCollum, his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers.
“A kind heart and beautiful soul gone way too soon. I love you, son, rest easy until we meet again,” Pippen concluded.
Antron was the eldest of Pippen’s eight children and the only child Pippen had with McCollum.