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A somber goodbye to Tim Allen of Canis Hoopus

Yesterday, we learned that Tim Allen of Canis Hoopus, our SB Nation Minnesota Timberwolves blog, passed away. It comes as crushing and saddening news and he will undoubtedly be missed by all those who knew him. I collaborated with him on posts and mostly had conversations on Twitter and via email, but I enjoyed getting to know him. My deepest sympathies to his family, loved ones and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Our league manager Seth Pollack posted the following statement over at Canis Hoopus. If you knew Tim or would just like to leave your condolences, there is a wonderful showing of support in the comments at CH.

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Tim Allen. At this time, details surrounding his death are still unconfirmed and we urge everyone to respect the privacy of his family. The only thing that matters right now is the loss of our friend. We confirmed Tim's death with the proper authorities.

The entire SB Nation family stands with this community and with Tim's family. We will do everything possible to honor his life and mourn his passing as best we can.

All of SB Nation is struck by this tragic loss including those of us who had a chance to meet Tim in person and those who only knew him through his great work here at Canis Hoopus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tim's family and friends as they mourn his passing.

We delayed publishing this news as long as we could out of respect to Tim's family. We wanted to given them as much time as possible to share this devastating news with those they needed to inform.

In the coming hours and days we will follow up with more information about donations in Tim's name and other details as appropriate.

On a personal note, as the NBA League Manager for SB Nation I had the pleasure of working with Tim and was able to spend some time with him in Las Vegas just a few weeks ago. I don't need to tell you what a great person he was and how much insight and pleasure he brought to our world. His departure leaves a giant hole in our lives.