It was a sad day today. One of the Pacers' greats, Wayman Tisdale, has reportedly been announced dead today. He was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma, played twelve seasons in the NBA, and after retirement became a famous jazz musician.

He died Friday morning at the St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Tisdale was only 44 years old.

After three stellar years at Oklahoma, the 6'9" forward went on to play twelve seasons in the NBA with the Pacers, Kings, and Suns. He had a big smile, was soft-handed, and had a decent NBA career, averaging 15.3 points per game. He was also on the U.S. Basketball Team that got gold in the 1984 Olympics.

After playing basketball, he became a wonderfull jazz musician and was an award-winning and porplar one, too. Several of his albums reached the Top Ten on the Billboards as well, making him more popular.

Embedded video from CNN Video "I don't know of any athlete at Oklahoma or any place else who was more loved by the fans who knew him than Wayman Tisdale," said Billy Tubbs, who coached Tisdale with the Sooners. "He was obviously, a great, great player, but Wayman as a person overshadowed that. He just lit up a room and was so positive."

The current Oklahoma coach, Jeff Capel, said "he was an incredible gift of making people who made contact with him make them feel incredibly special." His death was also announced at the Oklahoma Senate floor on Friday.

"Whether you're a Cowboy or a Sooner, Oklahoma has lost a great ambassador," Lamb said. "He was a gifted musician, a gifted athlete and he just wore that well wherever he went."

Tisdale battled hard on the two-year bout with cancer. Just couldn't get it through. But things happen to good people like Tisdale. But there is one thing that can't be taking away, and that is that he will always be remembered.
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