ANTRON Pippen, the son of basketball superstar Scottie Pippen, died on April 18, 2021.
Once a top college hoop prospect, Antron was just 33.
Scottie Pippen will little AntronCredit: Twitter/@ScottiePippen
What did Scottie Pippen say in the tribute to his son Antron?
Scottie Pippen posted a moving tribute to Antron on Instagram following his son’s tragic death.
The former six-time NBA champion posted a poignant picture of father and son, with Scottie affectionately cradling Antron’s head.
“Dec. 29, 1987 – Apr. 18, 2021,” Scottie wrote.
“Faithful, humble and resilient.
“Loved by all who knew him.
“His life and legacy will endure.
Father and sonCredit: Twitter/@ScottiePippen
The funeral was held on April 24, according to TMZ, and Antron’s mother Karen McCollum posted a message as well.
“Son, it has been such a pleasure and honor to be your mother,” she wrote.
“You’ve left me with so many wonderful memories that I will treasure daily.”
She added: “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.”
Pippen and McCollum were married from 1988 until 1990.
Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman of the Chicago BullsCredit: Getty
What happened to Antron Pippen?
Scottie Pippen, who played alongside Michael Jordan on the Chicago Bulls, said his son suffered from “chronic asthma” when he broke the news, adding that if he did not have the condition he truly believed he “would’ve made it to the NBA.”
“I’m heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron,” dad wrote.
“The two of us shared a love for basketball and we had countless conversations about the game.”
Despite discussing his medical condition, Pippen did not provide a cause of death for his late son.
“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,” Pippen wrote.
Including Antron, Pippen has seven children.