Aug. 29 (UPI) -- NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson is dead, the Portland Trail Blazers and the University of Connecticut announced Saturday. He was 53.
No cause of death was announced, but ESPN reported that Robinson had a stroke two and a half years ago and went into a coma last week.
Known to fans as Uncle Cliffy, Robinson played for a total of five teams over an 18-year period, but is best remembered for his years with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he started his career in 1989.
"His personality and energy were unmatched, and his contributions on the court were unmistakable, helping the Trail Blazers into the playoffs each of his eight seasons with the team," said a statement from the Trail Blazers posted to NBA.com Saturday. "His streak of 461 consecutive games played with the Trail Blazers still stands as a franchise record, which is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the team. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Cliff's family and loved ones. Uncle Cliffy will be greatly missed by the Trail Blazers and all of Rip City."
The Trail Blazers organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Trail Blazers great Cliff Robinson. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Cliff's family & loved ones. Uncle Cliffy will be greatly missed by the Trail Blazers & all of Rip City.https://t.co/X4ixK1XCPT pic.twitter.com/0njgpimiBH— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) August 29, 2020
Robinson's alma mater also posted a note of remembrance to Twitter Saturday.
The UConn Basketball family mourns the loss of a legendary player and person, Clifford Robinson. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cliff's family at this difficult time
After leaving the Trail Blazers, Robinson signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns, playing four season in Phoenix before moving on to play for the Detroit Piston and the Golden State Warriors for two seasons each.
He wrapped up his career with the Brooklyn Nets in 2007 at the age of 40.
Robinson was suspended from the NBA three times for marijuana use.
After retiring, he became an advocate for cannabis legalization. In 2016 he began marketing a line of cannabis products called Uncle Spliffy.