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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Guy throws ball through hole, and dies, making headline news

Just a few days after his son reported he was "getting better" following a massive heart attack, former Knicks forward Anthony Mason died Saturday morning at 48.

Mason, a defensive star who helped the Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, had undergone multiple heart surgeries after suffering a heart attack during a routine exam at a New York hospital earlier this month.

A Knicks spokesperson confirmed Mason's death to ESPN.

Mason, 48, played 13 years in the NBA, averaging 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds. He missed the 1998-99 season with a ruptured biceps while playing for the Charlotte Hornets. In 1995, he won the the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award and was named to the All-Star Game while playing for the Miami Heat in 2001.

He played with the Knicks from 1991-96, averaging 9.9 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Mason's oldest son, Anthony Jr., played for St. John's. Another son, Antoine, plays at Auburn University after transferring from Niagara University.

It's a sad day to hear the passing of Anthony Mason. #Knicks fans please pray for his family. It's hard losing a loved one

— Walt Clyde Frazier (@WaltFrazier) February 28, 2015

Teaming with Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks, Mason helped the Knicks reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games.

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