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Six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen and his family are in mourning today after his oldest son, Antron, passed away on Sunday.
Antron Pippen was just 33 years old.
“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 announced Monday.
Antron was the child of Scottie and Karen McCollum. The two married in 1988 and broke up in 1990.
The eldest Pippen son suffered from asthma, according to Scottie.
“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 stated.
Antron Pippen played basketball at South Georgia Technical College, and some reports say he also played at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU).
Scottie also has a daughter Taylor with former girlfriend Sonya Roby, daughter Sierra with ex Yvette Deleone, and sons Scotty Jr., Preston, Justin, and daughter Sophia with estranged wife, Larsa Pippen.
Pippen’s daughter Tyler, Taylor’s twin, died shortly after birth.
“Please keep his mom, Karen, and all of his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. A kind heart and beautiful soul gone way too soon. I love you, son, rest easy until we meet again.”
Scottie, who is now 55 years old, did not divulge the cause of death for Antron.