The world of basketball has joined the sadness of one of its idols, Scottie Pippen. The 55-year-old myth of the courts mourns these days the death of his eldest son, Antron Pippen, 33, who died on Monday. It is known that the young man had respiratory problems, but the cause of his death has not been revealed.
It was the former Chicago Bulls player himself – among other teams that made his legend great – who announced his death on his Twitter profile, with almost 650,000 followers. “With a broken heart I share with you that yesterday I said goodbye to my first-born son, Antron. We both shared a love for basketball and had countless conversations about the game, ”he wrote in the first of three tweets full of photos and memories of their moments together. “Antron suffered from chronic asthma and if he hadn’t had it, I really think he would have made it to the NBA,” he said. “In any case, he never let that get him down. Antron stayed positive and worked hard, and I’m very proud of the man he became, ”says Pippen of his oldest son.
“Please”, he finishes his words, “keep his mother, Karen, and all his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. A beautiful heart and a noble soul are gone too soon. I love you, son, rest in peace until we meet again ”.
Antron Pippen was Scottie’s eldest son, now retired, and the only one he had with his first wife, Karen McCollum. The couple married in 1988 and their son was born shortly before, in 1987. They separated in 1990. After that relationship, the basketball player had two other children. Five years later, Pippen got engaged to Yvette de Leon, with whom he never married but with whom he had a daughter, Sierra, in 1995. The young woman is already 26 years old and has posted a Storie in your Instagram profile where, with photos of his brother published by his father, he writes: “Rest in peace, my only older brother. I love you, Tron. In addition, he has uploaded several photographs of him along with a text that says: “Let’s take a moment so that I can put this together. I can’t help but ask you why. I would like to hear you laugh again. I’m sad that I can’t tell you again. The happiest and humblest of us. Sometimes God wants the best, I guess. Father, take care of my older brother, you have stayed with someone very special. Keep playing up there. We will never forget you, rest assured. I love you, Antron, you are gone too soon ”.
In 1994, a year before having Sierra, who had been Pippen’s girlfriend, photographer Sonya Robin (now surnamed Martin), became pregnant with twins. Robien had two girls, named Taylor and Tyler, but this one died at nine days of birth. Pippen never took care of Taylor and who he asked not to have knowledge of his life (in exchange for a pension of about 5,000 euros a month). “I never had a relationship with her or her mother. I made a big mistake and had to get on with my life, “the star once told the magazine. Sports Illustrated. The basketball player is estimated to have earned about $ 100 million over his career.
Taylor, who is already 27 years old, She has been a professional volleyball player (she has never tried basketball, she acknowledged) and, although she now lives in Chicago, she spent a season in Tenerife, with whose team Fígaro Peluqueros Haris signed for a couple of months in the spring of 2016. So, Taylor Pipper said she had no relationship with the basketball star. “I don’t know what he is like as a father. He never wanted to meet me: he decided that it should be like that and I prefer not to dwell on the matter too much, “he said in an interview with The world. “I was born and raised near Chicago, you can imagine how many questions I have been asked about my father. I know how much my last name weighs, I know that people expect a lot from me, but, after all these years, I have learned that Pippen is just that, a last name, “he explained. Taylor has posted a Storie on his Instagram profile replicating his father’s post about Antron’s death and writing “Rest in peace” with a heart, but the relationship he had with his brother is unknown.
Seven years after his first divorce, Pippen married actress and model Larsa Younan, better known as Larsa Pippen. They were on the verge of separating in October 2016, but after reconciling, they finally went their separate ways in 2018. He had four children with her: fellow basketball player Scotty (with Y in the end, because that is how the basketball player’s name is originally written, although he usually ends his name in ie), Preston, Justin and Sophia, who are between 20 and 12 years old.
Larsa has become a very popular figure in the United States, where she runs a jewelry firm called Larsa Marie (with pieces ranging from $ 400 to $ 7,000) and has invested in home gym equipment. In addition, she has starred in several television shows about rich women and where she has appeared in some season of The Kardashians, being friends with Kim for several years, although their relationship broke up without the causes being very clear. Pippen claimed that Kanye West called her constantly and at dawn, something that upset Kim Kardashian and caused them to break up their relationship. In addition, for a time she dated basketball player Tristan Thompson, who later became a partner with another of the Kardashian sisters, Khloe.
Both Larsa and her children have posted messages of condolence for Tristan’s death on their social profiles. “Some truths in life are difficult to accept. We will never forget all your memories. You will always be in our hearts, we love you and we will always miss you. Rest in peace, Antron ”, Larsa wrote, plus one last message: “Life is too short. Do your best with it. You don’t know what your last day will be. Value those who love you ”.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.