Former Montana basketball player Anthony Johnson has died at the age of 37 in Tacoma, Washington.

Montana Griz Basketball in a X post confirmed the tragic news. The post read, “Rest in peace, Anthony Johnson. We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of a Grizzly legend.”

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Cause of death-

Johnson had remained in serious condition following a severe stroke that occurred on October 21, during his daughter’s birthday celebration. As of now, the precise cause of his death has not been revealed.


He died at the age of 37.

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Johnson’s place in Griz’s basketball history was cemented with his outstanding performance in the 2010 Big Sky Championship game. With 42 points to lead the squad, he helped the team defeat Weber State 66-65 to guarantee a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The remarkable achievement of Johnson in scoring the last 21 points for Montana was what made this effort stand out.

He got widespread recognition for this incredible feat of ability and perseverance, and he was nominated for an ESPY award in the Best Championship Performance category. Notably, Johnson was the first athlete from the Griz to receive an ESPY nomination.


He was married to Shaunte Johnson. Shaunte Johnson posted her sincere feelings on Facebook as she thought back on the special times she had with Anthony. She said that on their last anniversary, they enjoyed one other’s company and listened to their favorite love songs. 

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Shaunte counts herself extraordinarily lucky to have known such deep love for so long. She acknowledged the ongoing goodness of God and thanked everyone for their prayers. She did, however, express how deeply saddened she is to lose her beloved spouse, best friend, and 18-year teammate.


The couple had three children.