Shirley Cuban, the mother of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, has died, her son Brian Cuban has said. She was 84 years old.
Cuban died Friday at the suburban Pittsburgh home where 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 mom blazed her own trail and didn’t follow convention,” Brian Cuban said. “Especially in a time when women were expected to follow convention.”
Shirley Cuban was born Shirley Rita Feldman in 1937, the daughter of Jewish immigrants to the United States. His family lived in the predominantly Jewish neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill. Shirley Cuban graduated from Carlow College, now known as Carlow University in Pittsburgh, and worked as a massage therapist and in a drug rehabilitation center.
She and Norton Cuban moved to Dallas in the early 2000s after Mark Cuban bought the NBA franchise from the Mavericks. Her husband died in 2018 and Shirley moved back to the Pittsburgh area, living in suburban Mount Lebanon. She was an avid Mavericks fan, Brian said.
Funeral services will be private.