Jazz Musician, Hoops Star Wayman Tisdale Dies
May 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM (PT)
Basketball star-turned jazz musician WAYMAN TISDALE died after a two-year battle with cancer. According to FOXSPORTS.COM, he was 44 years old.
TISDALE was an all-American basketball player at the UNIV. of OKLAHOMA, won the gold medal as part of the 1984 Olympics basketball team, then spent 12 years in the NBA, playing for the INDIANA PACERS, SACRAMENTO KINGS and PHOENIX SUNS. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 15.3 points for his career.
At the same time of his NBA career, TISDALE embarked on a jazz music career, playing bass and putting out several albums that made the top 10 on the BILLBOARD charts. He played at a charity event during the 2009 All-Star game weekend last FEBRUARY.
Doctors found a cancerous cyst below TISDALE's right knee after breaking his leg in a fall at his home in LOS ANGELES on FEB. 8th, 2007. His leg was amputated last AUGUST; nevertheless he continued to make a handful of public appearances, including one APRIL 7th at an OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER game where he received the team's Community Hero Award.
TISDALE is survived by his wife, REGINA, and four children