Tristan Thompson’s Mom Dies Suddenly | Tristan Flys To Toronto With Khloé

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NBA veteran Tristan Thompson received tragic news when his mother, Andrea Thompson, died suddenly in Toronto. She reportedly passed after suffering a heart attack at her home on Thursday.

How Did Tristan Thompson’s Mom Die?

The Thompson matriarch was rushed to a local hospital, and although attempts were made to resuscitate her, she did not make it.

Tristan and his ex-girlfriend and mother to some of his children, Khloé Kardashian, flew to Toronto to be with his family. The Kardashians reportedly were close to Andrea.

Thompson-Kardashian Connection

“I am so heartbroken by the sudden passing of Tristan’s mom, Andrea,” Kris Jenner wrote on Instagram. “My thoughts, prayers and all of my love are with Tristan, Amari, Dishawn, and Daniel.

“You were the most amazing, dedicated, devoted, and selfless mom and such a loving, kind, and fabulous grandmother,” the Kardashians star continued. “What a blessing you were to your family!!! I will miss you Andrea. I will miss your bright spirit and amazing light. Thank you for always praying for us and lifting us up and encouraging us along the way. Rest in peace beautiful angel,” Kris Jenner’s post concluded.

Born in Brampton, Ontario, to Trevor and Andrea Thompson, Tristan is the older of his three brothers, Dishawn, Daniel, and Amari.

Tristan was very close to his mom, and in a 2018 Instagram happy birthday post, effused that her love buoyed his journey in professional basketball.

“Happy birthday to my mommy! Thank you so much for all of the sacrifices you have made for me and our family! Watching your hard work and dedication for our family is what made me the man I am today! I love you soo much, and enjoy your day MOMMY!”

In Her Words

Back in 2011, after Thompson was drafted in the first round, fourth overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers, his mother wrote about her love and belief in her son.

“It’s 19 hours after the dream came true and I’m still numb,” Andrea Thompson wrote in a special submission to The Toronto Star. “That was my son, Tristan Thompson, putting on the cap of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team Thursday night, shaking the hand of commissioner David Stern, doing just what he told me he would when he was just 10 years old.

“He had made it to the NBA. A first-round pick. Chosen No. 4 overall — drafted higher than any other Canadian-born player since 1953 and selected to play in the world’s greatest professional basketball league. And that was me, his Mom, on television in the background at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., in the Green Room with the golden locks and the smile as bright as the sun.

“Tristan is the type of kid where, he only needs the door to open a crack and he’s in. When he was young, people kept telling me, ‘Your son is special. He’s a basketball player. He’s coachable. He’s a leader.’ So I just support my son. He always tells me he just needs me to be his Mom, so I’m just there to give him a pillow to lay his head on. You can’t have doubt. I believed in Tristan.”

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.