Scottie Pippen has revealed his oldest son Antron Pippen passed away on Sunday. He was only 33.
"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."
Scottie continued, "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."
Antron was born in 1987 to Karen McCollum -- who married Scottie in 1988 (they split in 1990).
Antron was a pretty solid basketball player who reportedly spent time hoopin' at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). Clearly, Scottie believed he had real potential, if not for his medical condition.
Scottie did not reveal Antron's cause of death. However, he's asking fans to pray for his family.
"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 also spent time playin ball at South Georgia Technical College -- and moments ago, the school paid tribute to their former player.
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#SGTCJetspic.twitter.com/gAiXCr72z2