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The family of Tar Heel great Eric Montross reported his passing on Sunday at the age of 52.

According to his family, he was diagnosed with cancer in March.

From 1990 to 1994, Montross played for UNC’s legendary head coach, Dean Smith. During his freshman and sophomore years, he was also a teammate of Hubert Davis, Carolina’s current head coach. Montross was a key player in the Tar Heels’ NCAA Championship win in 1993.

The Boston Celtics selected Montross in the first round of the draft, and he spent nine seasons in the NBA. Before leaving this season, he worked as an analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network for 18 seasons.

Carolina Athletics released the following 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.