Basketball star Scottie Pippen’s eldest son has died.
In a heartfelt tribute, the 55-year-old said Antron could have made it to the NBA had it not been for his chronic asthma.
Antron’s cause of death was not immediately clear.
The 33-year-old was Pippen’s only child from his first marriage to Karen McCollum. The pair were married for two years from 1988 to 1990.
Antron is the eldest of all seven of Pippen’s children.
Scottie Pippen announced his son Antron Pippen’s death, aged 33, on Twitter on Monday
‘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, who won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, tweeted.
‘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 followed in his father’s footsteps to play basketball ball at Texas A&M International University.
He also played at South Georgia Technical College back in the 2006-2007 season.
Antron later played with the World Basketball Association after signing to South Carolina’s Upstate Heat team in around 2013.
The 33-year-old was Pippen’s eldest son from his first marriage to Karen McCollum. The pair were married for two years from 1988 to 1990
In a heartfelt tribute, the 55-year-old said Antron could have made it to the NBA had it not been for his chronic asthma