The NBA is completely devastated after hearing news of Sean Rooks’ death. Players, coaches and former stars have taken to Twitter to mourn the loss of the Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach, and it’s truly heartbreaking.
Sean Rooks, 46, was just too young to die. The former NBA player’s sudden death was reported on June 7, and as news has spread, fellow basketball stars have flooded social media with tributes for one of their own. See their sweet messages here.
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The 46-year-old’s death was first reported by TMZ, then confirmed by his own mother with a heartbreaking statement. “It is with deep sadness and overwhelming grief that we morn the sudden loss of my son, Sean,” she wrote. “Our family asks that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this incredible difficult time.
Shaquille O’Neal, Quentin Richardson and more are among the stars who’ve shared their condolences, memories and more on social media. Although Sean’s cause of death has not been confirmed, it’s reported that he had a heart attack — so sad.
Sean played at the University of Arizona in college, then went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA. He moved teams around a lot, playing with the Lakers, Mavericks, Clippers, Hawks, Magic, Hornets and Timberwolves throughout his impressive career.
From 1992-2004, Sean played overseas in Spain, and since 2014, he’s been the Philadelphia 76ers’ assistant coach for player development. See the messages from his friends, teammates and colleagues below:
Sad news to hear my friend & teammate Sean Rooks has passed away. I send my condolences to his family what a great guy and teammate!
— Corey Maggette (@Corey_Maggette) June 8, 2016
Damn man. RIP Sean Rooks. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Sad crazy news! Condolences to his family.
— Quentin Richardson (@QRich) June 7, 2016
Sean rooks was a great coach man I can't believe he died RIP gone too soon
— Jordan McRae (@JordyMac52) June 8, 2016
Rip Sean Rooks.. What is going on?? Please cherish every day!
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) June 8, 2016
My heart goes out to the family of Sean Rooks. Today the entire NBA family mourns the loss of a great man… #RIP Big Fella!!
— grant hill (@realgranthill33) June 8, 2016
Man RIP coach Sean Rooks. I Can't believe it. A great coach and an even better person off the court. Prayers go out to him and his family.
— Tony Wroten (@TWroten_LOE) June 8, 2016
Were you shocked by Sean’s death, HollywoodLifers?