Basketball fans are rallying behind NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen after the Chicago Bulls great revealed that his first-born son has died at the age of 33.
Pippen says he is "heartbroken" by the tragedy after sharing the devastating news of his son Antron's passing in a series of touching posts on social media.
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"I'm heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron," Pippen wrote on social media accounts.
"The two of us shared a love for basketball and we had countless conversations about the game."
The Chicago Bulls legend did not disclose his son's cause of death and asked for fans to keep his family in their prayers. Antron is Pippen's only child with his first wife, Karen McCollum.
"Antron suffered from chronic asthma and if he hadn't had it, I truly believe he would've made it to the NBA," Pippen wrote.
"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."
Fans pay respects after Pippen's tragic loss
Antron may not have made the NBA, but he did get to play collegiately.
He was a guard at Texas A&M International University and signed with the Upstate Heat in the World Basketball Association in 2013.
He lived in Atlanta where he was a machine technician.
Scottie Pippen has had eight children. One of his twin daughters died nine days after being born in 1994.
News of the NBA legend's latest heartbreak has led to an outpouring of support from fans on social media.
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