Sad news from Chapel Hill this morning with the passing of former North Carolina Tar Heel basketball player and announcer Eric Montross:Montross succumbs to Cancer at age 52

Sadness across the state of North Carolina this morning, with the news of the passing of former North Carolina Tar Heel, Eric Montross…Montross was a basketball brother, and he was a National Champion with the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team…If you are not a North Carolina Tar Heel basketball fan, to me you still had to like Eric Montross…He was a battler, and he was one of the best basketball analysts that I have ever heard…Such a great use of the english language by Eric Montross, and he knew how to explain what he was telling you, and you understood and trusted what he told you, on the Tar Heel basketball broadcasts…I miss this guy already, because he seemed to be one of those basketball lifers…But, unfortunately, his life has been cut short due to Cancer….The big “C” word strikes again…

I used to love to hear Eric Montross when he would make a guest appearance on the David Glenn Show…Eric Montross had a great voice, and he was one of those former athletes that was fun to listen to….Nothing but respect for Eric Montross, and he is missed already….Dean Smith, Phil Ford, Woody Durham, and Eric Montross is right there very close to those North Carolina Tar Heel basketball legends….Phil is still with us, but he along with the entire Tar Heel Nation are in mourning this morning, with the announcement of the passing of Eric Montross…

RIP to the “Big Man”, Eric Montross

Eric Montross was a true basketball commentating legend, and he was in that position, and he filled that position, with class and dignity….

from www.goheels.com:
Tar Heel Eric Montross Succumbs To Cancer At Age 52

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The family of Eric Montross (Laura, Sarah, Andrew and Megan) is announcing that he passed away on Sunday, December 17, surrounded by loved ones at his home in Chapel Hill. Eric was diagnosed with cancer in March 2023, and his family is grateful for the tremendous support and the truly overwhelming love expressed by so many people as he battled with his signature determination and grace.

They also thank the many members of the medical community—and particularly those at UNC Lineberger Cancer Center—who matched his fight with equal passion. To know Eric was to be his friend, and the family knows that the ripples from the generous, thoughtful way that he lived his life will continue in the lives of the many people he touched with his deep and sincere kindness.

The family asks for privacy during this difficult period.

Montross played for head coach Dean Smith and the Tar Heels from 1990-94, including his freshman and sophomore seasons as a teammate of current UNC head coach Hubert Davis. He was the starting center in 1993, when the Tar Heels won the NCAA championship.

He was named first-team All-ACC in 1993, was a member of the John Wooden All-America team as a senior and earned NCAA East Region and Final Four all-tournament honors in leading Carolina to the 1993 national championship.

A first-round draft pick by the Boston Celtics, Eric played nine seasons in the NBA. He was the analyst on the Tar Heel Sports Network for 18 seasons until he stepped away from the microphone this season. He also was senior major gifts director at the Rams Club.

Carolina Athletics Statement:
“Carolina Athletics, the Tar Heel basketball family and the entire University community are profoundly saddened and stunned by the loss of Eric Montross, one of our most beloved former student-athletes, at far too young an age. Eric was a great player and accomplished student, but the impacts he made on our community went way beyond the basketball court. He was a man of faith, a tremendous father, husband and son, and one of the most recognizable ambassadors of the University and Chapel Hill.

“He helped the Rams Club secure scholarships for student-athletes, and as color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network he brought perspective, heart and humor to UNC fans near and far. Eric also became an ardent supporter of the Lineberger Center while in college and remained a leader in the fight against cancer throughout his life.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Laura, his children and entire family, and his colleagues and friends. The number of people who loved Eric and were touched by him is immeasurable.”

UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz Statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my good friend and Tar Heel legend Eric Montross. He was an incredible friend, a passionate leader and an inspiring advocate for our campus. His impact extended well beyond the court with his tireless support of the UNC Children’s Hospital and his annual Father’s Day basketball camp. We have lost a great Tar Heel, and Eric will be truly missed. Please keep Laura, Sarah, Andrew and Megan in your thoughts and prayers.”

3 thoughts on “Sad news from Chapel Hill this morning with the passing of former North Carolina Tar Heel basketball player and announcer Eric Montross:Montross succumbs to Cancer at age 52

  1. You can think what you want, but you may want to go back and read the headlines again, and read the articles…Be sure to take your time and read it slowly, and you may get it then…..

    Former North Carolina and NBA big man Eric Montross, who began treatment for cancer in March, died Sunday at the age of 52, his family announced Monday.

    “His family is grateful for the tremendous support and the truly overwhelming love expressed by so many people as he battled with his signature determination and grace,” his family said in a statement issued through the University of North Carolina.

    Tar Heel Eric Montross Succumbs To Cancer At Age 52

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The family of Eric Montross (Laura, Sarah, Andrew and Megan) is announcing that he passed away on Sunday, December 17, surrounded by loved ones at his home in Chapel Hill. Eric was diagnosed with cancer in March 2023, and his family is grateful for the tremendous support and the truly overwhelming love expressed by so many people as he battled with his signature determination and grace.

    They also thank the many members of the medical community—and particularly those at UNC Lineberger Cancer Center—who matched his fight with equal passion. To know Eric was to be his friend, and the family knows that the ripples from the generous, thoughtful way that he lived his life will continue in the lives of the many people he touched with his deep and sincere kindness.

    The family asks for privacy during this difficult period.

  2. @Linda Patrice Lewis You doubt he died of cancer? I doubt you have a brain or a soul. God help you.

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