Eric Montross, a celebrated basketball player from North Carolina, passes away at the age of 52 after battling cancer.

Eric Montross, a former North Carolina and NBA big man, has passed away at the age of 52 after battling cancer, according to his family’s statement.

The announcement was made by the school on Monday morning, stating that Montross passed away on Sunday at his home in Chapel Hill, surrounded by loved ones. He had been diagnosed with cancer in March, which led to him stepping away from his role as a radio analyst for UNC game broadcasts.

According to the announcement, Montross’ life was characterized by his generosity and kindness, and the impact he had on those around him will continue to resonate with them.

Montross played for the Tar Heels under Dean Smith from 1990 to 1994 and was a two-time Associated Press second-team All-American. He was part of Smith’s second NCAA championship team in 1993 before being drafted as the No. 9 overall pick by the Boston Celtics in 1994. He played in the NBA until 2002.

Alongside his broadcasting duties, Montross also worked as the senior major gifts director at the Rams Club, the fundraising arm of UNC’s athletics department. He was known for his charitable efforts, including the establishment of a father-child basketball camp to support the UNC Children’s Hospital.

The school described Montross as more than just a great player and student, but also a man of faith and a beloved family member who represented the University and Chapel Hill as an ambassador.

While the family announced Montross’ illness when he was first diagnosed, they did not disclose the specific type of cancer.

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