Eric Montross, former NBA player and North Carolina star, dies at 52

The school reported Monday morning that Montross died Sunday at his Chapel Hill home surrounded by family. 

He left UNC game broadcasts as a radio analyst in March after being diagnosed with cancer.

Eric was a friend, and the family knows that his generous, thoughtful life will continue to touch the many people he touched with his deep and sincere kindness.

A two-time Associated Press second-team All-American, Montross played for Dean Smith's Tar Heels from 1990-94. He was the Celtics' No. 9 pick a year after starting on Smith's second NCAA title team in 1993.

In 1995, he was named NBA All-Rookie and played eight seasons for the Celtics, Mavericks, Nets, 76ers, Pistons, and Raptors.

He was also the senior major gifts director at the Rams Club, which was the UNC athletics department's fundraising arm. 

His charitable work included helping to start a basketball camp for dads and kids over Father's Day to raise money for the UNC Children's Hospital.

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