The NBRPA Mourns the Passing of Lonnie Lynn

September 12, 2014

Lonnie Lynn, former collegiate basketball player at Upper Iowa and later Pittsburgh Piper player in the ABA, has passed away.

Lynn began his rise to stardom as a 6'7'' forward at DuSable High School on the south side of Chicago. Following his high school exploits he attended both Wilberforce University and finished his collegiate career at Upper Iowa Univeristy.

He was drafted in the 1966 NBA Draft by the St. Louis Hawks but ended up playing in the ABA with the Pittsburgh Pipers for the 1969-70 season. He ended his career after that season and was able to pursue other dreams.

As the father of rapper Common, Lonnie was able to voice his talents on his son's CD's and is known the the rap community for the tradition of featuring on the last track of the CD.

The world has lost a special person and a multi-talented one at that. The NBRPA sends out its condolences to friends and family of Lonnie.