Hall of Fame NBA forward Scottie Pippen announced Monday the tragic death of his eldest son, Antron, who died Sunday at the age of 33.
The Chicago Bulls legend revealed Antron suffered from chronic asthma, though the cause of death was not stated:
“Antron suffered from chronic asthma and if he hadn’t had it, I truly believe he would’ve made it to the NBA,” Pippen tweeted. “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.”
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. 🙏🏾 (3/3) pic.twitter.com/eYyQ6pcdtx
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) April 19, 2021
Antron was born on Dec. 29, 1987 to Scottie Pippen and his first wife, Karen McCollum.
The eldest Pippen child played college basketball at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) before joining the Upstate Heat of the World Basketball Association (WBA).
Antron also spent time at South Georgia Technical College, with the Jets tweeting their condolences to the Pippen family:
The Jets family was saddened to learn of the death of one of our former players, Antron Pippen. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. Antron was a Jet during the 2006-2007 season. #Jetfamily #SGTCJets pic.twitter.com/gAiXCr72z2
— SGTC Jets (@SGTCJets) April 19, 2021
According to Marie Claire, Antron had made his home in the Atlanta area as of late:
He may have never made it to the NBA like his dad, but he currently plays for a local team in Atlanta, the city where he works as a machine technician at a lab. He looks to be pretty quiet online.
The news comes shortly after Scotty Pippen Jr. declared for the upcoming NBA Draft while still retaining collegiate eligibility at Vanderbilt.