Philander Rodman, dad of NBA legend Dennis, dies in Pampanga

Philander Rodman, the father of Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, has died in Angeles City, Pampanga on Tuesday, July 14.

He was 79.

Jasmine Rodman, one of Philander’s grandchildren based in Mabalacat, Pampanga, has since reached out to Dennis for help, possibly for hospital and burial fees.

Philander’s remains lie at the Angelino's Funeral Chapels in Angeles City.

One of Philander’s daughters, Darling Marie, has also set up a GoFundMe for his outstanding fees and created a Twitter account so Dennis can notice her plea.

The elder Rodman, a burger joint owner who has stayed in the Philippines since the 1970s, infamously had an estranged relationship with the most famous of more than 29 children through 16 mothers. 

However, Dennis took the time in 2012 during an NBA legends’ exhibition game at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City to acknowledge his father, who went out of his way to attend and hope for a reconciliation. (READ: Rodman reunion: When Dennis met Philander)

“I just want to see Dennis. He’s my son,” he said in a previous report. “ I just want to clear it up and rest in peace when I die so that he knew that I did not abandon him.”

One year after telling the world in his Hall of Fame speech that he “did not have a father,” Dennis had a change of heart as the exhibition game wrapped up.

“I haven’t seen my father in 42 years. In 42 years, right? But he’s still my dad. But he’s right here. Right there,” said the five-time NBA champion. – Rappler.com