It was four years ago today when we lost popular NBA All Star turned all-star bassist Wayman Tisdale. It’s still hard to believe that Wayman is gone. He had a larger than life personality to go along with his 6’9” body and a heart bigger than most you’ll ever experience.
He was an NBA All Star turned All Star bassist. A man who was richly blessed with talent, a beautiful family, strong faith and a multitude of friends, fans and admirers. Wayman Tisdale was a gentle giant. He was beloved by all who ever met him, saw him play basketball or attended one of his high energy concerts.
In March of 2007, Wayman underwent treatment for bone cancer and a little more than a year later, had part of his right leg amputated as a result of the disease. Wayman died on the morning of May 15, 2009 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.
Wayman was a real old school kind of guy, a long time Funkateer, and if you ever saw him play live, there was always part of his show dedicated to the funk, and nothing but the funk! The last project he worked on was all about the funk, Wayman Tisdale: The Fonk Record, a collection of 11 original songs featuring George Clinton, George Duke, the late Ali Woodson and more.
We still miss him tremendously.
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A look back at Wayman’s battle with cancer and the story behind his final project:
Wayman’s battle with cancer:
The story behind The Fonk Record: