New York Knicks All-Star player, Anthony Mason died Saturday, his family confirmed.

Mason played for the 1994 Knicks reaching the NBA finals. During the 1994-1995 season, he won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award. He was only 48 at the time of his passing.


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“Overnight New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father,” his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said in a statement. “As you all would expect, our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with severe heart issues,” the statement said. “I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops, we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us.” h/t nyp

Mason, a 6’7″ power forward, was diagnosed earlier in February with congestive heart failure.