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Former Houston, NBA Player Alton Ford Dies At 36

A general view of the Houston Rockets arena.

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 29: A general view of the arena before Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz at Toyota Center on April 29, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Alton Ford, a former star college basketball player at Houston, has passed away. He was 36.

The former Cougars' standout played at the school from 2000-01. He was a second-round pick by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2001 NBA Draft. Ford played in the NBA from 2001-04 before having a lengthy career overseas.

Ford passed away following a battle with cancer. Houston announced the tragic news on Twitter this morning.

"Houston Basketball mourns the passing of letterman Alton Ford after fighting cancer Competed for Cougars in 2000-01 and was taken in 2001 NBA Draft by the Suns. Our thoughts & prayers go out to Alton's wife, Victoria, their three children & their family & friends," Houston announced.

Ford was a Houston, Texas native. He played in high school at Milby.

The 6-foot-10 forward played for the Suns from 2001-03. He then spent one season with the Houston Rockets.

Ford then moved on to a career overseas and later had a career in the D-League.

Our thoughts are with Ford's family and friends. May he rest in peace.