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Heel Tough Blog: Carolina Great, Eric Montross Passes Away at 52

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Earlier this morning, the Montross family announced that Eric Montross, passed away yesterday at his home, in the Chapel Hill community. Montross, a fixture of the 1993 national championship team, and analyst on the Tar Heel Sports Network, was diagnosed with cancer back in March of this year, and stepped away from his on-ari role, as he fought his fight. 

Montross played for Carolina under Coach Smith from 1990-1994 and was a teammate of current Carolina Basketball head coach, Hubert Davis for two seasons. During his time at UNC, he not only won a national championship, but he was also earned first-team All-ACC in 1993, while also earning All-NCAA East Region, and Final Four All-Tournament honors along the way.

Montross played 8 seasons in the NBA, averaging 4.5 points, and 4.6 rebounds, across 465 games played. 

Here is a statement from Carolina as obtained from 

 "Carolina Athletics, the Tar Heel basketball family, and the entire University community are profoundly saddened and stunned by the loss of Eric Montross, one of our most beloved former student-athletes, at far too young an age. Eric was a great player and accomplished student, but his impact on our community went way beyond the basketball court. He was a man of faith, a tremendous father, husband, and son, and one of the most recognizable ambassadors of the University and Chapel Hill.

"He helped the Rams Club secure scholarships for student-athletes, and as color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network, he brought perspective, heart, and humor to UNC fans near and far. Eric also became an ardent supporter of the Lineberger Center while in college and remained a leader in the fight against cancer throughout his life. 

"We extend our deepest condolences to Laura, his children and entire family, and his colleagues and friends. The number of people who loved Eric and were touched by him is immeasurable."

During this difficult time, the Heel Tough Blog extends its thoughts and prayers to the Montross family. 

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