Longtime NBA player Anthony Mason died early Saturday morning at the age of 48. Earlier this month, the veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. His son, Anthony Mason Jr. thanked everyone for their heartfelt thoughts and strong prayers.

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“.

Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason suffered a massive heart attack in early February 2015 and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He later succumbed to the condition, dying on February 28, 2015 in Manhattan at the age of 48.

Anthony Mason is well known for his toughness during the Riley-era Knicks teams on which he helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals. He played for six teams, but was best remembered for his five-year tenure with the Knicks. The 6-foot-7 forward became famous to fans for his quirky side and creative artwork using his head as a billboard putting messages, often advertising himself with “MASE” carved into his hair. At various other times, he sported a Knicks logo and a religious message: “In God’s Hands”.

Anthony Mason Dead

Anthony Mason’s quirky side, often advertising himself using his head with “MASE” carved into his hair.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks held a moment of silence for the late Anthony Mason before Saturday night’s 103-98 win against the Toronto Raptors and aired a video tribute during the game.

For the fearless forward and to the man with the coolest haircuts, thank you for the wonderful game. Rest in Peace MASE. Hoping that your family will get through this tough time.

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