Anthony tragically passed away at the young age of 48. Fans of the former Knicks standout are flocking to Twitter to grieve the loss of one of their favorite players.
The New York Knicks have lost one of their own. Anthony Mason has died at the age of 48 after battling congestive heart failure. Upon hearing the news, basketball fans headed to social media to mourn the death of the longtime NBA player.
Anthony Mason Dead: Twitter Reacts To Former Knicks Player’s Death
After suffering a massive heart attack in Feb. 2015, there had been hope that Anthony would recover after his son Antoine said he was “getting better” after having multiple heart surgeries. News of Anthony’s death sent Twitter into a frenzy on Feb. 28. The phrases “RIP Anthony Mason” and “RIP Mase” began trending worldwide. Fans sounded off on their favorite Mason moments and praised his “true Knicks spirit.”
Check out what the rest of the fans are saying below:
RIP Anthony Mason🙏. I have so many good stories with you and of course you will be missed like crazy. Love you forever and always❤️
— Lee (@LeeLee_Rich) February 28, 2015
One of the greatest basketball players of all time! RIP Anthony Mason pic.twitter.com/N1vP65Qrkq
— My Name Is Jeff (@iAmIsrael7) February 28, 2015
RIP Anthony Mason, 48 is far too young to die :(, He was one of the best former Knickerbockers of all time
— Brad James (@BroncosItaly) February 28, 2015
RIP Anthony Mason. The embodiment of determination and perseverance.
— John McInerney (@johnmcinerney12) February 28, 2015
#RIP Anthony Mason. You were the epitome of the original Knick spirit.
— Lucky Me (@draebird) February 28, 2015
He was a good player, good power forward, there were few times he made a free throw with one hand. RIP Anthony Mason
— Kamran (@Kam1284) February 28, 2015
Wow… RIP Anthony Mason, one of the greatest knicks ever and one of the toughest basketball players to ever play #RIPmase
— Tom Kriton (@TKriton) February 28, 2015
RIP Anthony Mason it felt like yesterday I was just watching you play with that tough dirty playing style… Mase In Ya Face was the saying💪
— SEAN PAUL (@killer234567) February 28, 2015
RIP Anthony Mason. You were a fan favorite for us New Yorkers and brought happiness to the fans at the garden with your play
— Joey Saponaro (@JoeySap3) February 28, 2015
RIP Anthony Mason. Loved watching him play. He was the fan favorite of the 90s Knicks for sure
— Dan Runcie (@RuncieDan) February 28, 2015
His other son, Anthony Mason Jr., released the following statement, according to ESPN:
“First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it. 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.”
In addition to the Knicks, Anthony also played for the Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson