Originator of Golden State Warriors mascot 'Thunder' passes away at age 44

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Sad news for Golden State Warriors fans, you may remember their old mascot Thunder, who wowed fans with his acrobatics.

Sadiki Fuller, who was the first Thunder and wore the costume from 1997 to 2002 passed away at the age of 44.

There is no word on his cause of death.

The Warriors had to give up the mascot when the Oklahoma City Thunder took the team nickname in 2008.

Former Warrior and ABC7 Sports contributor Adonal Foyle tweeted his condolences to Fuller.

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