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Antron Pippen, the firstborn son of NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, died on Sunday. He was 33 years old.
Scottie Pippen, the former Chicago Bulls star, announced the heartbreaking news on Monday in an emotional series of tweets. The cause of his death was not revealed.
"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 Pippen played college basketball at Texas A&M International University and South Georgia Technical College. Both programs released statements after Pippen's death.
Scottie Pippen, 55, was best known as the co-star to Michael Jordan on six NBA championship teams in the 1990s. He was a seven-time All-Star and a member of the 1992 Dream Team, getting inducted into Hall of Fame in 2010.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Scottie Pippen's eldest son Antron, 33, dies: 'I love you, son'