Antoine Flash Howard (1975 – 2004)
It is our sad duty to share some news with you about a member of our AND 1 family. Antoine “Flash” Howard passed away this weekend. Over the past few months this legendary AND 1 Mix Tape Player may have seemed to take a back seat to the rest of the AND 1 squad members but not for the reason you might have thought.
Two years ago Flash learned that he had a tumor, and began chemotherapy to treat it. After treatment, Flash’s strength prevailed and he came back to join the 2003 AND 1 Mix Tape Tour. He had the strength of heart to bring all he could to the team last summer, yet he was not 100% physically well so he saw limited playing time. Spirits were high when the tour rolled to Europe this past fall as Flash came on strong and really started to shine on the court again. Unfortunately, just a month ago, Flash felt weak while playing in a game and checked himself into a hospital. After finding another tumor, doctors again started aggressive chemotherapy. This time the treatment did not work as hoped and his battle ended this weekend. Flash is survived by his mother, stepfather, younger brother, 3-year-old daughter and girlfriend. Flash was the heart and soul of the AND 1 squad as much as anyone and brought the love of the game and a love for life with him wherever he went. He will be sorely missed. Please keep Flash’s family in your thoughts and prayers as we begin to move through these tough times. To show your support, please send all cards, thoughts and well-wishes to the address below and we will forward them on to Flash’s family: Flash c/o AND 1 4 Industrial Blvd Paoli, PA 19301