The youngest son of former Sacramento Kings star Mitch Richmond has died unexpectedly at the age of 20, his family has confirmed.
The retired professional basketball player, 54, confirmed the devastating news that his son Shane had passed away in a statement released on Tuesday.
He said: ‘It is with great sadness and pain that we inform you that our youngest son, Shane, unexpectedly passed away last night.
‘We are heartbroken and devastated with this tragic news and will use the strength of our family and the thoughts and prayers of our friends to get through this incredibly difficult time.
‘Shane was a ray of light for his two brothers, sister, mom and dad and, at only 20 years of age, had a wealth of friends and admirers who will desperately miss his warm affection and smile.’
The statement, posted to Twitter by NBCSAuthentic reporter Logan Murdoch, added: ‘As we go through the grieving process and the loss of our son, we ask that you respect our privacy’.
A cause of death for Shane was not immediately clear.
Shane was the youngest of Richmond’s three sons with his wife Julie. He was brother to Phillip, Jerin and Richmond’s daughter with Teala Jones, Tearra.
In March 2013, Shane was reported missing form his home in Calabasas, California, CBS reported.
Shane, who was 14 at the time, returned home a short time later. Taking to Twitter, Richmond said: ‘Our son Shane is back home safe thanks for all the support we got from his friends. Thank you all we are very grateful…
‘I want 2 thank all the King fans for there support. I’m looking 4rd 2 working with KJ and the Ownership Partners in keeping the Kings in Sac.’
His father, Mitch, is a former professional basketball player who recently served as an assistant coach under his former Golden State Warriors teammate Chris Mullin at St. John’s University in New York.
He is a six-time NBA All-Star, a five-time NBA All-Star team member and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.
Richmond played for the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors throughout his professional career.
He is best remembered for his time with the Warriors, where he teamed with Mullin and point guard Tim Hardaway to form the famed ‘Run TMC’ offense.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Faith Ridler