anthony mason

Anthony Mason, the 13-year NBA veteran who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month, died on Saturday. He was 48

The NBA veteran was best known for playing for the New York Knicks from 1991 to 1996, and a Knicks spokesperson confirmed Mason’s death to ESPN.

“First, I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it,” his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said Saturday.

“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.”

Mason’s other son, Antoine, had said earlier this week that his father was “getting better” following multiple heart surgeries.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant mourned the player via Twitter on Saturday, writing: “RIP.