NBA Official Tony Brown, 55, Death After Courageous Battle With Cancer

According to the NBA, Tony Brown a longtime official passed away on Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 55. In a statement issued by the NBA, his wife Tina Brown said, “We are and have been sustained by the consistent outpouring of love and support through this journey in developing strength, acceptance and peace.”

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According to the league, Tony Brown officiated 35 playoff games and more than 1,100 regular-season games throughout 20 seasons. During the 2019–20 season, he made his NBA Finals referee debut. He also assisted with the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta which honored historically black colleges and universities.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver praised Tony Brown as “one of the NBA’s most accomplished referees and an inspiration to his colleagues.” “Tony’s passing is mourned by the entire NBA family,”

According to Silver, Brown was given a pancreatic cancer diagnosis last year and officially underwent numerous rounds of treatment. His “dedication, determination and passion that made him such a highly respected official for 20 years” demonstrated his resiliency, Silver said.

NBA legends are recalling the valuable contributions that the renowned referee made to the game. A better dude than a great ref. Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers stated on social media. I loved seeing him on the game when I ran onto the court to warm up! We in our sport will miss your laugh and smile a lot!

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, a member of the Hall of Fame also expressed his sympathy for the Brown family. Tony Brown, a veteran NBA official rest in peace. I appreciate everything you did to support the game. Prayers are being sent to the entire Brown family! Using social media, Johnson posted.

Brown leaves behind his wife and three kids. His passing occurred after the start of the NBA season on Tuesday. The entire village of our family and friends—near and far, old and new—deserves our sincerest gratitude.

Tina Brown, Brown’s wife, remarked, “Your love is beyond measure. Many, many thanks to the generous members of our NBRA and NBA families. Additionally, Tina Brown expressed gratitude to the nonprofit groups Lustgarten Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network which support research as well as offer tools and data to patients and their caregivers.

Brown received his degree in finance from HBCU Clark Atlanta University in 1989

Brown played point guard and earned All-State basketball honors while attending Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida. In his senior year, he was promoted to captain and he helped his team win the 1985 District Championship and reach the 1984 State Finals.

In memory of Brown, his family is requesting donations to his alma mater’s Tony Brown Basketball Scholarship Endowment. As of early Friday, more than $80,000 of the $100,000 target had been raised.

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