NBA coach, 46, dies in restaurant

Los Angeles Clippers’ Sean Rooks plays against the San Antonio Spurs in 2001. Picture: AP“It is with deep sadness and overwhelming grief that we mourn the sudden loss of my son, Sean,” said Deborah Brown, Rook’s mother, in a statement released by the Philadelphia 76ers.“Our family asks that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this incredibly difficult time.”The New York Post reported that Rooks had just returned to Philadelphia after meeting with new Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek about a job.Los Angeles Lakers­ Shaquille O’­Neal holds up fellow centre Sean Rooks in 1996. Picture: APSource:APHe is believed to have been out at a restaurant where he had a massive heart attack.Rooks was a former NBA journeyman who had worked as the 76ers’ player development coach for the past two seasons.“It is with a profound deal of sadness that we mourn the sudden loss of a beloved son, father and friend, Sean Rooks,” a statement released Tuesday from Sixers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer read. “Words simply cannot express the heartbreak and shock our entire organisation is feeling over this loss.“Sean will long be remembered not for his accomplishments on the court — of which there were many — but for his vibrant personality, positive outlook and the genuine care he had for everyone in his life. While he is gone far too so…

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