On this day in 2017 Giannis Antetokounmpo’s father Charles passed away.
Charles Antetokounmpo, the father of basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo, died, aged 54 on 1 October 2017 with reports claiming his death was caused by a heart attack.
Who is Giannis Antetokounmpo's father?
Charles Antetokounmpo was born in Nigeria on 3rd August 1963. He spent much of his childhood in his hometown of Lagos and married Veronica Antetokounmpo, who was a high jumper. The couple migrated to Greece and fathered a total of 5 boys, with Giannis the oldest of the lot. Charles was a successful football player, although not a lot of information is available about his career.
Regardless, Charles was of Yoruba Nigerian ethnicity while his wife was of the Igbo ethnic group. Not much information is available about the marriage and family life of the Antetokounmpo family, although Giannis has his parents to thank for his freakish athletic ability and endurance.
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