Rugged power forward who was a Charotte Hornet/New York Knick, Anthony Mason gone at age 48

He was considered sort of a bad boy at times, but he could rebound and play that power forward spot and he helped get the New York Knicks to the NBA Finals and he was with the Charlotte Hornets back in 1996- 2000 and now Anthony Mason has died at age 48, due to congestive heart failure….Sorry to see him leave/check out, he was a tough player, who brought a lot of life to the game of basketball…
(Mason averaged 16.2 points per game/11.4 rebounds per game for the Charlotte Hornets in 1996-1997. Those were his top season numbers as a pro in both categories…)

from his family:
“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.”

from Wikipedia on Mason:
Anthony George Douglas Mason (December 14, 1966 – February 28, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. In his 13-year career he played with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He averaged 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in his 13-year NBA career. During the prime of his career in the mid-1990s, he earned the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1995 and then led the NBA in minutes played in the subsequent two seasons. In 1997, he earned All-NBA (3rd team) and NBA All-Defensive Team (2nd team). He was selected to the 2001 NBA All-Star Game.

Mason played collegiately for Tennessee State University and played professionally in Turkey, Venezuela, the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and the United States Basketball League (USBL).