Tiffany Jackson, an all-American basketball player at Texas & the fifth pick in the 2007 WNBA draft, died Monday at the age of 37.
Tiffany Jackson : Death | Cause of death | Net worth
Jackson was an American basketball player and coach.
|Born||April 26, 1985
Longview, Texas, U.S.
|Died||October 3, 2022 (aged 37)|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
She played professionally in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) for the New York Liberty, Tulsa Shock, and Los Angeles Sparks.
She was later an assistant coach in college basketball for the Texas Longhorns women’s team.
Jackson made her WNBA debut on May 20, 2007, in an 83–71 win over the Chicago Sky. During her rookie season, she led the league in games played (34).
She later finished fourth in total rebound percentage (17.5) and fifth in defensive rebound percentage (23.6) the following year.
On June 14, 2010, the Liberty traded Jackson to the Tulsa Shock for Plenette Pierson.
Tiffany Jackson death
WNBA star and standout from the University of Texas Women’s basketball team Tiffany Jackson died Monday from cancer at the age of 37, her alma mater announced.
The 6’3″ athlete had a decorated career, rising to stardom during her time at the University of Texas from 2003 to 2007, and breaking into the WNBA as the No. 5 pick in the 2007 draft.
After nine seasons, she returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach, UT said in a statement announcing her death.
Following treatment in May 2016, she was told her cancer was in remission and returned to the court. She then retired in May 2018 and joined the Longhorns as an assistant coach, and was later hired as head coach at Wiley College in April.
The University of Texas head women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer hailed Jackson as “one of the greatest players in the history of Texas Women’s Basketball.”
“From her days as a player for DFW Elite to her days as a player at The University of Texas, Tiffany has meant so much to so many people in this great state of Texas,” he said. “She will be sorely missed by so many. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family.”
Cause of death
Jackson died Monday from cancer, the University of Texas announced, praising her as “one of the greatest players in the history of Texas Women’s Basketball.” WNBA star and standout from the University of Texas Women’s basketball team Tiffany Jackson died Monday from cancer at the age of 37, her alma mater announced.
Jackson was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in September 2015, according to the Longhorns.
Treatment proved successful and the cancer was deemed in remission by May 2016, and Jackson returned to the court after missing the 2016 WNBA season.
The 2017 season was Jackson’s last in the WNBA, and she re-joined the Longhorns as an assistant coach in 2018 before moving on to take a head coaching position at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, according to ESPN.
Texas Head Coach Vic Schaefer called Jackson “one of the greatest players in the history of Texas Women’s Basketball” in a statement Monday.
Her estimated net worth at the time of her death was $2 million.