Losing a child is about the worst thing a person can endure. It doesn’t matter how old the parent and child are. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re a legendary athlete. It’s devastating no matter what.
Unfortunately, that’s something NBA legend and longtime Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen is learning. Pippen, Michael Jordan’s wingman and one of the winningest players in basketball history, announced on Instagram that his son, Antron, has passed away at the age of 33.
On Instagram, Pippen shared a slideshow of images of himself and his son, who suffered from chronic asthma, and wrote a caption about their shared love of basketball. Antron played at South Georgia Technical College and Texas A&M International but his asthma made sustaining a potential career impossible.
“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. 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 Scottie’s oldest child, born from his short marriage to Karen McCollum, whom Pippen asked for followers and fans to keep her in their prayers. Pippen has several other children, daughter Taylor, daughter Sierra, and sons Scotty Jr., Preston, Justin, and daughter Sophia. Sadly, this isn’t the first time he’s lost a child, as his daughter Tyler, Taylor’s twin, died shortly after birth.
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