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NBA legend Scottie Pippen mourned the loss of his eldest son, Antron, who died on Sunday, saying he was a “beautiful soul who left too soon”.

Pippen announced her son’s death on her social media platforms on Monday. He wrote that the two “shared a love for basketball” and that he believed his son could have made it to the NBA if he hadn’t suffered from “chronic asthma.”

He did not give a cause of death. Antron Pippen was 33 years old.

“I’m so proud of the man he’s become,” the Basketball Hall of Famer wrote in part. “Please keep his mother, Karen, and all of her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. A kind heart and a beautiful soul gone too soon. I love you, my son, be quiet until we meet again.

Antron Pippen played college basketball at South Georgia Technical College and Texas A&M International University, the Associated Press reported. The two institutions paid tribute to him on Twitter after the announcement of his death.

The South Georgia Tech Sports Department Twitter account tweeted that he played for the school during the 2006-2007 season.

“The Jets family were saddened to learn of the death of one of our former players, Antron Pippen,” the statement said. “His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.”

“Texas A&M International University Athletics mourns the passing of former Dustdevil student-athlete Antron Pippen,” the school’s sports department posted on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pippen family during this difficult time.”

Antron Pippen’s mother is Karen McCollum. He was the oldest of Scottie Pippen’s eight children.

The basketball star’s daughter, Tyler, whom he had with then-model Sonya Roby died days after her birth in 1994. Tyler’s twin sister, Taylor, is now 26 years old.

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