Anthony Mason, Bruising Knicks Forward, Dies at 48


NEW YORK (PIX11) — Former New York Knick Anthony Mason has died at 48 years old after a heart attack, a spokesperson for the Knicks told ESPN. Mason had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month. One of his sons said this week 

National Basketball Association player Anthony Mason stretches during a game in 1996. Mason, who starred on his hometown New York Knicks for five of his 13 NBA seasons, has died at the age of 48. Photographer: Brad Mangin/NBAE via Getty Images 

Anthony Mason, the self-proclaimed “Locksmith” whose defense and bruising play became a staple of the Pat Riley Knicks teams in the 1990s, is critically ill following a massive heart attack,

National Basketball Association player Anthony Mason stretches during a game in 1996. Mason, who starred on his hometown New York Knicks for five of his 13 NBA seasons, has died at the age of 48. Photographer: Brad Mangin/NBAE via Getty Images 

Anthony Mason, a muscular, bellicose forward whose bruising play helped the Knicks reach the National Basketball Association finals in 1994, died early Saturday morning in Manhattan. He was 48. Mason's death was confirmed by Jonathan Supranowitz,