Lonnie Lynn

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This article is about the basketball player. For the musician and actor, see Common (rapper).
Lonnie Lynn
Born (1943-05-24)May 24, 1943
Chicago, Illinois
Died September 12, 2014(2014-09-12) (aged 71)
Ethnicity African American
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Spouse(s) Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines (divorced)
Children Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.
6 other children

Lonnie Lynn, nicknamed "Pops"[1] (May 24, 1943 – September 12, 2014) was an American basketball player.

Life and career[edit]

Lynn was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of a construction worker.[2]

At 6'7" and 215 lb, he was a forward and played basketball at DuSable High School on Chicago's south side before moving on to Wilberforce University and Upper Iowa University.[3]

Lynn was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in the 12th round of the 1966 NBA Draft and later played one season for the Pittsburgh Pipers of the American Basketball Association in 1969–70, averaging 5.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.[3]

Once known to Chicagoans for his play at DuSable High School, Lonnie Lynn has gathered a following in the rap world. Father of hip hop artist Common, Lynn performed on several of his son's albums.[1]

On record, Lynn shares opinions, experiences and wisdom to a younger hip hop audience in spoken word poetry format. Many of these appearances, in particular "Pops Rap" on Resurrection, feature Lynn discussing the hippie ideals that have found their way into hip hop culture. In an article for National Public Radio, journalist Robert Siegel wrote of Lonnie "Pops" Lynn:

Although he was reared in Chicago, Lynn was greatly affected by visits to the south during his youth and the brutal murder of Emmett Till, a fellow Chicagoan.

Lonnie has six other children aside from Common, the entertainer.

He died on September 12, 2014 at the age of 71.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "'Pops' Contributes to Rapper Common's Cause : NPR Music". NPR. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-lonnie-lynn-obituary-met-20140924-story.html
  3. ^ a b "Lonnie Lynn Statistics - Basketball-Reference.com". Sport Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ Tiwane, Bonginkosi. "Common’s Pops dies at 71". Times Live. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 

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