TULSA, OK (AP) _ Former Oklahoma star and NBA player Wayman Tisdale has died at age 44 after fighting cancer the past two years. A spokeswoman for St. John Medical Center in Tulsa says Tisdale died about 8 this morning.
The Tulsa native was a three-time all-American for OU before spending 12 seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.
Tisdale was also a renowned jazz bassist. He released several albums to critical acclaim, the latest being "Rebound."
Wayman Tisdale was also appointed to the Oklahoma Tourism Board by Governor Brad Henry. Henry calls it one of the best appointments he's ever made.
Tisdale first learned he had cancerous cyst below his right knee after he broke his leg in a fall at his home in Los Angeles on February 8, 2007. His leg was amputated last August but he had made several public appearances since then.
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