Scottie Pippen was mourning the death of his oldest son, Antron, Monday. And fans of the former Chicago Bulls star found a unique way to honor his memory.
According to a post from Pippen, Antron died, Sunday. He was the oldest son Scottie Pippen had with first wife, Karen McCollum. Antron was born on Dec. 29, 1987. Pippen was months into his rookie season. Seattle selected Pippen with the fifth pick of the 1987 NBA draft, then immediately traded him to the Bulls. Playing alongside Michael Jordan, Pippen helped Chicago win six NBA championships.
“I’m heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron,” Scottie Pippen wrote on both his Instagram and Twitter accounts. “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 didn’t have a big presence on social media. In fact, he only posted four times on his Instagram account. His last post was two years ago, when he honored “Mama Dukes.” Fans of Scottie Pippen discovered this post, Monday, after learning of Antron’s death. They then began leaving messages for the Pippen family.
Fans of Scottie Pippen Began Leaving Comments on Antron’s Old Instagram Post
Some of the comments:
“Rest easy man.”
“RIP my cuz.”
“Rest in peace Antron we all loved you.”
“God bless you. Rest angel in heaven.”
Scottie was married to McCollum, Antron’s mother from 1988-1990. The two were married shortly after Antron was born. Pippie also is father to a daughter, Taylor, with former girlfriend Sonya Roby. He and Yvette Deleone had a daugher, Sierra, together. Pippen and ex-wife Larsa are the parents of Scotty Jr., Preston, Justin and Sophia.
Scottie and Larsa Pippen also suffered the loss of a newborn, Tyler, who was Taylor’s twin.
Scottie Pippen did not give details on how Antron died.