Anthony Mason Dies of Heart Failure at Age 48

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IFebruary 11, 2015

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Former NBA forward Anthony Mason has died at age 48 due to congestive heart failure.

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Mason Dies at 48

Saturday, Feb. 28

ESPN.com reported Mason died of congestive heart failure, saying a Knicks spokesperson confirmed the tragic news.

Antoine Mason Speaks on Father's Condition

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Brandon Marcello of AL.com spoke to Mason's son Antoine, who updated his father's status:

"I actually spoke to him today," Auburn guard Antoine Mason said. "He can't talk yet, but he can hear things and respond by blinking and shaking his head and things like that. When I talked to him, my mom and him, they're telling me he's getting better."

Anthony Mason Jr. Indicated Father is in 'Stable Condition'

Saturday, Feb. 14

Tina Cervasio of Fox 5 New York provided a statement from Mason's son:

Tina Cervasio @TinaCervasio

Just received release from @YuNgMaseJr / Anthony Mason, Jr. On his father's status. #PrayForBigMase #AnthonyMason http://t.co/IlN1Eto20x

Mason Hospitalized with Heart Issues

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Longtime NBA writer Peter Vecsey reported on Mason's condition:

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1

Sickened 2 report, ex-Knick Anthony Mason fighting 4 life. Congestive heart failure, heart attack, 4 surgeries, last one 9 hrs. Sons by side

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1

Mason, 350 lbs, had heart issue 4 yr. Was on 2d fl of hosp taking test when attack occurred. Surgery was on 3. Very lucky not on 1, I'm told

The New York Knicks' official Twitter feed passed along its well wishes:


Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony Mason and his family. #Knicks

On Friday, Feb. 13, Charles Goldberg of AuburnTigers.com reported that Mason's son Antoine has been with his father in the hospital and had Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl's comments on the sad situation:

It's been a difficult time for Antoine and his family. We just have them in our prayers. We've been in touch every day, talking and texting, and done so with the team as well. His status as far as when he comes back is uncertain. We'll take it day to day. My advice to him is he's got to be there for his mom and his family. If and when he's able to get back he will. If not, then he won't.

Mason, 48, spent 13 seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks. He won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 1995 with the Knicks and was named an All-Star in 2001 with the Heat.

A strong, physical, hardworking forward, he averaged 10.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game during his career.

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