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The NBA lost one of its longtime executives on Thursday as Troy Brown died at the age of 55 after a hard battle with cancer.

Brown served in the NBA for 20 years and called over 1,000 games. He also played 25 playoff games in his first 17 seasons.

Moments after his passing was made official, NBA superstar LeBron James offered his condolences via Twitter.

"R.I.P. Tony Mann!! Great referee but great dude! Nice when I ran on the court for the warmup and he'll be in the game that night!

Your smile and laughter will be greatly missed here in our game!" James tweeted.

Before Brown became an NBA official, he worked for several years in the WNBA and the NBA G-League. He also raffled in the 2002 WNBA Finals.

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