Anthony Mason

Two weeks after reports surfaced that he was “fighting for his life” following a serious heart attack, former NBA player Anthony Mason has passed away. He was just 48.

The former New York Knicks player had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month.

“First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it,” his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said Saturday (Feb. 28). “Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. 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.”

Mason played 13 years in the league for six teams, but was best remembered for his five-year tenure with the Knicks, where he helped them reach the 1994 NBA Finals.

He was known for his big frame and rugged style of play. He won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 1994-95.