Peoria basketball legend Howard Nathan remains in critical condition; family discusses more on progress

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After being hospitalized at OSF St. Francis last week, Peoria basketball legend Howard Nathan remains in critical condition as he collapsed after his heart stopped twice.  The family proceeded to inform that they received optimistic news after speaking with doctors earlier today.

“Howard is still fighting,” said his brother Charles Nathan. “We talked to the doctor today and gave us positive encouragement.  Everything is sounding good.  Right now, we’re just waiting in a situation for Howard to wake up.”

Charles stated that “it’s been a rough week” for the Nathan family but their faith is at the forefront as the family stays strong praying for Howard to recover.

His sister, Angennette Nicole-Nathan, also chimed in on how much her brother loves Peoria and does everything he can to try and give back.

“Howard would give the shirt off his back. When the world rejects, Howard accepts. That’s the [work of] God in my brother,”  said Nicole-Nathan.

She also talked about how Howard led a “Stop the Violence campaign” to combat the city’s gun violence and encourage Peoria youth to veer away from that path.

The Nathan family expressed how grateful they have been for the endless amount of support from those reaching out to check in on Howard’s status.  Charles also mentioned that stars with Peoria basketball ties, including NBA champion Shaun Livingston, has reached out to check in.

“He means a lot to those guys.  These guys don’t live in Peoria so when they come home, they come to see Howard and not just every blue moon,” said Charles.  “Each opportunity they get, they’ll go check on him.  That’s their big brother.”

Illinois’s 1997 Mr. Basketball and fellow Manual Ram Sergio McClain also showed his support in the Facebook post writing, “you set the bar so high for so many of us and i personally appreciate you for making a big difference in my life and The City!”

(Video Courtesy: IHSA Archives – YouTube)

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