Eric Montross, former North Carolina basketball star, dies of most cancers aged 52

Eric Montross, former North Carolina basketball star, dies of most cancers aged 52

Eric Montross, a former North Carolina and NBA huge man, has died after a most cancers struggle, his household mentioned. He was 52.

The college launched the household’s announcement Monday morning, saying Montross died Sunday surrounded by family members at his Chapel Hill dwelling. He had been identified with most cancers in March, resulting in him stepping away from his duties as a radio analyst for UNC recreation broadcasts.

“To know Eric was to be his buddy, and the household is aware of that the ripples from the beneficiant, considerate means that he lived his life will proceed within the lives of the many individuals he touched along with his deep and honest kindness,” the announcement mentioned.

Portrait of North Carolina Eric Montross throughout a photograph shoot at Dean Smith Heart in November 1993. {Photograph}: Peter Learn Miller/Sports activities Illustrated/Getty Pictures

Montross performed for the Tar Heels beneath Dean Smith from 1990 by means of 1994 and was a two-time Related Press second-team All-American. He began on Smith’s second NCAA championship workforce in 1993 earlier than being the No 9 total choose by the Boston Celtics a yr later and enjoying within the NBA till 2002.

Along with his broadcast duties, he labored as senior main items director on the Rams Membership, the fundraising arm of UNC’s athletics division. He was additionally identified for charitable efforts, resembling serving to launch a father-child basketball camp for Father’s Day weekend to assist the UNC Youngsters’s Hospital.

“Eric was a terrific participant and completed pupil, however the impacts he made on our group went means past the basketball court docket,” the college mentioned in its personal assertion. “He was a person of religion, an incredible father, husband and son, and one of the recognizable ambassadors of the College and Chapel Hill.”

The household introduced Montross’ sickness when he was identified, however didn’t specify the character of the most cancers.

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