Skip to main content

Legendary Former Syracuse Star Pearl Washington Has Passed Away At 52

Pearl Washington shirts for Syracuse.

SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 17: General view of the back of a Syracuse Orange warm up shirt to honor former player Pearl Washington prior to the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome on December 17, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

Former Syracuse star Dwayne "Pearl" Washington has passed away this morning at the age of 52 after losing his battle with a brain tumor.

The news was announced by Syracuse's Athletics web site. 

">April 20, 2016

Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015 and his health had deteriorated in recent months. This season, Syracuse fans began raising money to help pay for his care and the Orange wore orange warm-up shirts with "Pearl" written in white script, a tribute to the script lettering Syracuse wore during Washington's three seasons with the program. 

Washington starred for the Orange from 1983-84 through 1985-86, helping to raise the team's national profile while simultaneously bringing the Big East to new heights. He earned All-American status in each of his three seasons.

Our thought and prayers are with Pearl, his family and the entire Syracuse basketball community during this difficult time.