Former NBA player Anthony Mason has died at age 48

Anthony masonGetty ImagesAnthony Mason in 1994 playing for the Knicks

Anthony Mason, who spent 13 years playing in the NBA has died at age 48, according to ESPN.

Mason was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at the beginning of February and died early Saturday after suffering a heart attack, according to Yahoo. Mason had undergone several surgeries this week.

Mason’s son Anthony Mason Jr. released the following statement:

“First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it. Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us.”

Mason spent five years with the New York Knicks and helped lead them to the NBA finals in 1994. In his next season with the Knicks he received the NBA’s sixth man award. 

Don Cronson, Mason’s agent, told ESPN:

“Anthony was a multifaceted individual. There were many aspects to his personality, and some that people weren’t aware of. In the best sense of the term he was a momma’s boy. From the day I met him he was always thinking of his mum and taking care of her. As rough and tough as he was, Anthony was also a doting father, and I saw that many times.

The NBA world is sending its condolences:

 

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