Philadelphia 76ers Assistant Coach
After taking a train home to Philadelphia, Rooks collapsed and died in a restaurant, according to Yahoo Sports. The cause of death is unknown.
“It is with deep sadness and overwhelming grief that we mourn the sudden loss of my son, Sean,” his mother, Deborah Brown, said in a statement released by the 76ers on Tuesday night.
76ers co-managing owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer called Rooks “a beloved son, father and friend.”
"We are shocked and terribly saddened by the news of the death of Sean Rooks,” Lakers President and Governor
During his time with the Lakers, Rooks served as backup center to Shaquille O’Neal, who was among the many paying tribute to their friend on social media.
Rooks served as a player-development coach for the 76ers and is said to have had a positive meeting with Knicks Coach Jeff Hornacek, General Manager Steve Mills and President
While his stint with the Lakers came right before Jackson's, Rooks did play under
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