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Antron Pippen, the son of NBA legend Scottie Pippen, has died.
Six-time NBA champion Pippen took to social media to confirm the sad news while also taking the time to pay tribute to his oldest of seven children.
"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 said in the emotional Instagram post.
"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."
Scottie chose not to reveal the cause of death in his statement.
Basketball fans as well as family and friends of Pippen's all offered their support through this tough time.
By all accounts, Antron had a bright basketball career ahead of him and was even listed in the top 100 high school prospects in the country at one point in time.
He went on to play for both South Georgia Tech and Texas A&M before eventually signing with the Upstate Heat after going undrafted.