‘Legendary’ basketball photographer remembered by hoops community
NY Post June 28, 2010
The New York City basketball community has lost one of its most artistic members.
Robert (Surrob) Negron, known for his photographs and collages of NYC hoops from high school to street ball, died suddenly last Tuesday at age 46 of what is believed to be a heart attack. Negron was doing something he loved, playing basketball in a pickup game at the Fashion Institute of Technology, when he collapsed and had to be rushed to the hospital, according to his brother Willie.
The news shocked many in the city streetball world, since Negron, who had previous heart ailments, was seen taking photos just last weekend at Hoops in the Sun in The Bronx and at Tri-State in Harlem. In between games Sunday, officials at Hoops in the Sun had a moment of silence for the Bronx native, who touched many involved with city basketball.
“For me it was surreal,” said Joe Cruz, the Hoops in the Sun CEO. “I didn’t think it was true. I saw him last Saturday or Sunday in our tournament. I saw him at Tri-State, still doing his thing – photography and showing love and respecting the game. When I heard, it was surreal. I couldn’t really process it – like, damn he’s gone. It’s unbelievable.”
On Thursday, there will be a wake for Negron at McCall’s Funeral Home (4035 Bronxwood Avenue in The Bronx) between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Many expect an enormous turnout for Negron, who was involved in New York City basketball for more than 20 years.