Former OU, NBA great, and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale has died
Wayman, Dave Koz, Me/Philly 2005
Wayman Tisdale was truly one of the nicest, God-fearing men in entertainment. He will be missed!
TULSA -- Tisdale's wife, Regina, confirmed the sad news Friday morning. Wayman, who was just 44-years-old, died at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.
Wayman had been battling cancer for the past two years. Last year, he had his right leg amputated below the knee in hopes of stopping the cancer, but his fight had continued.
He was a basketball standout at Booker T. Washington, Class of '82. Then he went on to the University of Oklahoma where he was a three-time First Team All-American.
From there he went to the Olympics in 1984 where he and his team won the gold medal.
He was drafted to the NBA and had a great career there.
Wayman also had a whole second career in the music industry as a jazz bassist, combining, funk, blues, and complex syncopated jazz rhythms to achieve notoriety in that field.
At a Legacy Award dinner last month, friends had noticed that Wayman had lost about 30 pounds.
According to the Tulsa's NewsChannel 8, Wayman was emotional at that April 16th Legacy Award ceremony, explaining how his family had helped him through this tough fight.
"And to my wife... she's been with me through thick and thin. And I know God gave me the right woman..." Wayman said. "Also, to my kids. My son. Come here boy. He had to grow up overnight. And become the man of the house overnight. And, there's not one day that goes by before he goes to bed that he says 'Dad, do you need anything?' And, I love you man."
Please keep the Tisdale family in your prayers.