Anthony Mason, a former power forward for the New York Knicks in the 90's, has sadly passed away. He was 48-years old.
According to ESPN, the tragic news was confirmed just an hour or so ago, at the time of writing.
Mason had been in hospital after suffering a massive heart attack earlier in the month. Things seemed to be turning around however for the former All-Star, which makes this news all the more tragic and heart-breaking. One of Mason's sons said earlier this week that his father was "getting better" following multiple heart surgeries.
The 6-foot-7 Mason won the NBA's Sixth Man award in 1995 with a Knicks team that was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs in one of its classic clashes with the Indiana Pacers.
Mason played for New York from 1991-1996, and then for the Charlotte Hornets until 2000. He made his only All-Star team in 2001 as a member of the Miami Heat.
Mason was completely beloved in New York and NBA stars of past and present have taken to Twitter to air their grief and hurt at such a sad time. No one in the world had a bad word to say about Anthony Mason and it shows in the outpouring of emotion that his passing has produced.
Mason is survived by his two sons, Anthony Jr. and Antoine. Our thoughts go out to them, the rest of the Mason family and his friends at this time.