Scottie Pippen is mourning the loss of his eldest son, Antron Pippen, who died Sunday at age 33.
“I’m heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron,” the Chicago Bulls legend wrote Monday in an Instagram post.
“The two of us shared a love for basketball and we had countless conversations about the game. 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 captioned a photo gallery of his son.
Pippen concluded with, “A kind heart and beautiful soul gone way too soon. I love you, son, rest easy until we meet again.”
Antron’s cause of death was not given.
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According to the Associated Press, Antron was a gifted basketball player like his father. He played high school basketball in Georgia, then in college at South Georgia Tech and Texas A&M International.
At one point in his high school career, the younger Pippen was regarded among the top 100 college prospects in the sport, the AP reports.
Antron Pippen was the oldest of Scottie Pippen’s seven children. He was the only child of Pippen and Karen McCollum from the NBA player’s first marriage.