NBA legend Scottie Pippen is mourning the loss of his firstborn son at the young age of 33.
Pippen said in an Instagram post that his son, Antron Pippen, died on Sunday. While Scottie did not reveal the cause of death, he did mention that Antron suffered from chronic asthma.
“I’m heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron,” Pippen wrote. “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. 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”
Antron was the only child Scottie and his ex-wife Karen McCollum had together.
Antron may not have made the NBA, but he was a baller like his dad. He was a guard at Texas A&M International University and signed with the Upstate Heat in the World Basketball Association in 2013.