Robinson’s cause of death is unknown at this time.
The former player from Buffalo, New York, was drafted out of the University of Connecticut to play for the Portland Trail Blazers in 1989 and was a critical player for the eight seasons he played there.
Robinson helped lead the Trail Blazers to two NBA Finals and won the 1993 Sixth Man of the Year Award before playing for the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets. He was selected as an All-Star once, in 1994.
Nicknamed “Uncle Cliffy,” the beloved player retired in 2007.
Former teammates mourn his loss
Many of Robinson’s former teams and teammates honored him in tributes shared on Twitter.
“2020 sucks. Devastated with the passing of one of the best teammates ever – Clifford Robinson,” Chapman said. “Guy absolutely loved to hoop. Never missed practice. Guarded the toughest guy every night and was a walking bucket. A great dad. Laughed every day. Res, bro. Rest, Cliffy.”
Mario Eli, Robinson’s teammate with the Trailblazers and the Suns, also honored the NBA star.
The Golden State Warriors also mourned the former player and highlighted his love of basketball.
CNN’s Wayne Sterling contributed to this report.