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Former NBA player Eric Montross has passed away

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former NBA player Eric Montross has passed away. He was 52.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, it was announced earlier this year that he had cancer.

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He passed away on Sunday.

“Carolina Athletics, the Tar Heel basketball family and the entire University community are profoundly saddened and stunned by the loss of Eric Montross, one of our most beloved former student-athletes, at far too young an age,” North Carolina athletics said in a statement. “Eric was a great player and accomplished student, but the impacts he made on our community went way beyond the basketball court. He was a man of faith, a tremendous father, husband and son, and one of the most recognizable ambassadors of the University and Chapel Hill.

“He helped the Rams Club secure scholarships for student-athletes, and as color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network he brought perspective, heart and humor to UNC fans near and far. Eric also became an ardent supporter of the Lineberger Center while in college and remained a leader in the fight against cancer throughout his life.”

He last played in the association with the Toronto Raptors. He played in the NBA from 1994 through 2002.

His other stops included the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Detroit Pistons.

His No. 00 has been honored by the Tar Heels. He also served as a broadcaster for the Tar Heels Sports Network.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Laura, his children and entire family, and his colleagues and friends,” their statement also said. “The number of people who loved Eric and were touched by him is immeasurable.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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