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Eric Montross, former UNC basketball star and NBA player, dies of cancer at 52

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Eric Montross, the UNC basketball star in the early 1990s who went on to play in the NBA for nearly a decade, has died of cancer at age 52. His family made the announcement Monday. "The family of Eric Montross (Laura, Sarah, Andrew, and Megan) is announcing that he passed away on Sunday, December 17, surrounded by loved ones at his home in Chapel Hill," the family said in a statement released by UNC Basketball. "Eric was diagnosed with cancer in March 2023, and his family is grateful for the tremendous support and the truly overwhelming love expressed by so many people as he battled with his signature determination and grace."