Tony Brown Obituary News – Cause of Death: NBA veteran referee Tony Brown dies following battle with cancer.
Brown passed away at the age of 55 on Thursday, October 20, following a courageous battle with stage-four pancreatic cancer.
Brown officiated 1,016 regular-season games and 25 playoff games in 17 seasons as an NBA official. He also worked at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
Prior to joining the NBA, he worked for four seasons in both the NBA G League and CBA and three seasons in the WNBA. During that time, he refereed the 2002 WNBA Finals, the 2002 WNBA All-Star Game and the 2001 CBA Finals.
“Tony Brown was one of the most accomplished referees in the NBA and an inspiration to his colleagues. After his pancreatic cancer diagnosis early last year, Tony fought courageously through countless rounds of treatment to return to work this past season at the NBA Replay Center, demonstrating the dedication, determination and passion that made him such a highly respected official for 20 years,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.
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