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NBA Star Finally Resolves Decades-Old Mystery About His Vanishing Mother

Randy Foye sent out a Happy Mother's Day shout on Twitter on Sunday. Mother's Day was always a hard time for Foye, whose own mother seemed to disappear when he was just a small child. He never knew until recently why his mother just left him, but now the mystery has been solved and the player has some closure.

"To the women who give us life, ignite our passion, teach us kindness & provide unconditional love," Foye tweeted in a Happy Mother's Day wish.

"Mother's Day has an extra special meaning for me and my family this year. Don't take what you have for granted. Have a great day celebrating the special women in your life," Foye added, linking to a video of his heartbreaking story.

Foye has not seen his mother, Regina Diane Foye, since 1989. The last time he saw her, she attended his kindergarten graduation. Foye's father died in a motorcycle accident when the basketball star was just two years old, so losing his mother was very difficult.

Foye went to live with his grandmother, but he never stopped asking about Regina. Family members didn't know what happened to her, so they would try to comfort the little boy by telling him that his mother was on vacation.

This was an unsatisfying response even for a child. “I am thinking to myself now, like how could she?” Foye told ESPN in the video. “Why would she go on vacation and not take your kids?”

Foye, now married and a father of three, always longed to know what happened to his mother and why she never came back for him. in the fall, he got an unexpected phone call. It was Dr. Jason Graham, the Chief Medical Examiner for the City of New York, and Graham read about Regina's disappearance.

Graham suspected that Regina might have been an unnamed woman found dead of an overdose in a Brooklyn apartment in 1990. The Jane Doe case remained unsolved, but Graham could see if the dead woman was Foye's mother by doing a DNA test.

“He couldn’t go into details,” Randy Foye said. “[But it was an] overdose. She was found in an apartment building where they pick up and buy drugs. It was known for distribution of drugs. January of 1990.”

Foye agreed and got the news in September that the Jane Doe from Brooklyn was Regina. She didn't abandon her son; she died.

“This is definitely a happy ending,” said the NBA veteran. “Yeah, you didn’t get the Disney and the ‘I just won a Super Bowl’ ending. But all that time of just debating and questioning yourself and questioning your mom’s morals, thinking that she left and didn’t come back … now you know that she was there all along but she ran into a little problem that cost her life."

“But at the end of the day, she was there. The whole time,” Foye added.

A tattoo of Regina on Foye's chest is his tribute to his mother. "This is my mom’s tombstone,” he said.

Source: New York Post
Photo: YouTube

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