After Scottie Pippen’s son, Antron passed away, his mother wrote a heartbreaking tribute to her late son. Antron passed away on Apr. 18 at just 33-years-old. On Apr. 19, the Chicago Bulls star announced the tragic news via Instagram in which he wrote about their shared love of basketball, as well as his son’s battle with chronic asthma.
“I’m heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron,” Pippen wrote. “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,” Pippen continued. “A kind heart and beautiful soul gone way too soon. I love you, son, rest easy until we meet again.”
Scottie Pippen’s Son: ‘Gone Too Soon’
Over the weekend, the family came together to say their final goodbyes. Antron’s mother, Karen McCollum, wrote a heartbreakingly beautiful tribute for her late son. “Your wings were ready but my heart wasn’t,” she wrote after he was laid to rest at a funeral ceremony in Georgia over the weekend. She mournfully wrote, “I will miss you tremendously.”
In the wake of his passing, Scottie Pippen revealed Antron had suffered from chronic asthma all his life but did not disclose if the condition led to his death.
Following the ceremony on Apr. 24, Karen revealed the note she left behind for her eldest son. “Son, it has been such a pleasure and honor to be your mother. You’ve left me with so many wonderful memories that I will treasure daily.”
She continued: “Your transition has left a huge gap in my heart and the pain is quite unbearable. I will miss you tremendously and my love for you is forever. Rest well, my baby boy, until we meet again.”
While Antron may no longer with us, his parents’ love for him will continue to live. “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. RIP. “