Dallas (AP) — Shirley Cuban, the mother of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, has died, her son Brian Cuban said. She was 84 years old.
Cuba died on Friday in a house on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. There, she and her husband Norton raised their sons Mark, Brian, and Jeff. The Dallas Morning News reported.. Brian Cuban said his mother died after a long battle with lung cancer.
“My mother set her own path and did not follow customs,” Brian Cuban said. “Especially in an era when women were expected to follow customs.”
Shirley Cuban was born in 1937 as Shirley Ritafeldman. The daughter of a Jewish immigrant to the United States. Her family lived primarily in Squirrel Hill, in the Jewish Pittsburgh district. Shirley Cuban graduated from Carlow University, now known as Carlow University in Pittsburgh, and worked at a massage therapist and addiction rehabilitation center.
She and Norton Cuban moved to Dallas in the early 2000s after Mark Cuban purchased the Mavericks NBA franchise. Her husband died in 2018, and Shirley lived in the suburbs of Mount Lebanon and returned to the Pittsburgh area. She was an avid Mavericks fan, Brian said.
The funeral will be private.