Philander Rodman Jr., the father of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, succumbs to prostate cancer on Tuesday, July 14, in Pampanga. He was 79.
Philander’s granddaughter Jasmine confirmed his death in a Facebook post.
Philander was enlisted as a member of the United States Air Force and fought in the Vietnam War. He decided to stay in the Philippines in the 1970s, leaving Dennis’ mother behind.
The elder Rodman became a burger joint owner in Pampanga, featuring burgers with red, yellow, and green colored buns and fries, colors his son used for his hair during his championship runs with the Chicago Bulls.
The younger Rodman expressed his disgust with his father, who reportedly fathered around 29 children by 16 women, in his 1996 book “Bad As I Wanna Be,” saying his disappearance contributed to their family’s struggles. He even turned down meeting Philander in 2006 when he first visited Manila.
They have been estranged for 42 years, until 2012, when the father and son finally met after an exhibition game at the Mall of Asia Arena and had a quick chat. The former Chicago Bulls forward even recognized Philander in front of the Mall of Asia Arena crowd.
—(Source: CNN Philippines)