Wayman Tisdale has passed away at the age of 44 years old.
Wayman died on Friday, May 15, at the St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma after a two-year battle with bone cancer. The disease caused him to have part of his right leg amputated in 2008.
The former athlete played with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns during his 12-year career in the NBA. He was recently honored with receiving the Legends Award from the NBA Retired Players Association.
Wayman was a very talented man off the court as well. After retiring from basketball, he went on to become a renowned jazz musician. He released 12 studio albums as a bass guitarist and several of those held spots on in the top 10 on the Billboard charts. His last album, Rebound, was released in 2008.
But the musician is remembered for more than just his many skills. “Wayman’s personality and smile are already missed in the music community,” said Mack Avenue Records President Denny Stilwell. “He was an inspiration, a hero. We are all shaken and deeply saddened by his loss and our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and family.”
Wayman is survived by his wife, four children and a grandchild. Arrangements for his funeral are being made.
— Sonya Eskridge