Bison Dele
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Bison Dele was a young and talented American basketballer. Bison Dele is recognized for his early retirement as well as his disappearance in the South Pacific and his subsequent demise.

Early Life and Death

Bison Dele was born on 6 April 1969 and he was 33 years old at the time of his demise on 7 July 2002. He was originally from Fresno, California, and his zodiac sign was Aries. His name was Brian Carson Williams at birth.

Talking about his family, his father is Eugene “Geno” Williams Jr. and his mother is Patricia Phillips. His father was a singer of the musical group The Platters. He was his parents’ 2nd child and his older brother is Miles Dabord (born Kevin Williams). However, his parents divorced later on. His mother then remarried and raised the two siblings in Fresno. However, that marriage ended when Dele was in junior high. Moreover, Dele was of African-American and Cherokee descent.

Talking about his educational journey, Dele attended Bishop Gorman High School as a senior in high school. Prior to transferring to this school, Dele went to Saint Monica Catholic High School.

At Saint Monica, his jersey is retired. Additionally, this player was a track and field runner. This was until a high school growth spurt pushed this personality towards basketball. Moreover, Dele’s collegiate basketball career began at the University of Maryland. At this university, he played for one year and sat out the next season. This was due to his transfer to the University of Arizona.

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Caption: Bison Dele (right) in a childhood photo with his brother (left) at ages 11 and 14 respectively. Source: Pad and Pixel

Career and Net Worth

Professionally, Bison Dele was a basketball player. The late basketballer played center for various NBA teams including Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Chicago Bulls.

Likewise, this late basketball player won a championship with Chicago Bulls in the year 1997. This basketballer suddenly retired from the NBA before the start of the 1999–2000 season. He was only 30 years old at the time and still in the prime of his career.

Furthermore, this basketballer was the Detroit Pistons’ highest-paid player at the time of his retirement. However, Dele had strained relationships with the organization and hence decided to walk away from the remaining five years as well as $36.45 million US dollars on his contract. He retired rather than be traded. Moving on, this late basketballer had a net worth of around $30 million US dollars at the time of his disappearance and subsequent death.

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Caption: Bison Dele during one of his games. Source: Arizona Daily Star


Talking about this personality’s disappearance in the South Pacific, his brother – Miles Dabord (born Kevin Williams) – is believed to have murdered Dele, his lover Serena Karlan, and skipper Bertrand Saldo. The four of them had sailed from Tahiti on the basketballer’s catamaran, the Hakuna Matata, on 6 July 2002. His elder brother was the only person involved in this voyage who was seen or heard from after 8 July 2002.

As such, Dabord was the only 1st-person source of information regarding this case. However, he intentionally overdosed on insulin and slipped into a coma. Then on 27 September 2002, the basketballer’s elder brother died in a California hospital.

The basketballer’s brother had shared that the two siblings had fought and during the event, Karlan had been accidentally hit. The basketballer’s lover died when her head struck part of the boat. During this time, Bertrand Saldo wanted to report Serena’s death. However, a panicked Dele killed him as Dabord shared. In self-defense, the elder brother shot the basketballer and threw the bodies overboard.

Personal Life

Bison Dele was in a romantic relationship with Serena Karlan at the time of their demise on 7 July 2002. Prior to this, the basketballer reportedly dated Madonna at one point. Besides playing basketball, Dele was also very talented in musical instruments. As such, the late basketballer played the saxophone, violin, and trumpet.

Additionally, the late basketballer enjoyed adventure travel and also earned a pilot’s license. After retiring, the late basketballer spent long periods traveling to Lebanon, the Mediterranean, and the Australian outback. This was before he learned to sail and later purchased a catamaran to sail the Seven Seas.

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Caption: Bison Dele playing a musical instrument. He found a joy in playing music that he never found in playing ball. Source: Sports Illustrated

Body Measurements and Social Media

Bison Dele’s recorded height was 6 feet 11 inches or 2.11 meters and his weight was around 260 lbs or 118 kgs. The young retired basketballer had hazel eyes and brown hair color. Moving on, the late American basketballer didn’t have profiles on any social media platforms like Tiktok, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, etc.