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Philander Rodman Jr., father of Dennis Rodman, dies at 79

Philander Rodman Jr. died in Angeles City, Pampanga on July 14. He was 79. Jasmine Rodman, his granddaughter, made the announcement on her Facebook page. Philander Rodman Jr. is the father of Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman,

Philander Rodman Jr. stayed in the Philippines since coming as a member of the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s and had been estranged from his son for 42 years.

He established the Rodman's Rainbow Obamaburger joint in the former U.S. military base, featuring burgers with red, yellow, and green colored buns and fries, colors his son used for his hair during his championship runs with the Chicago Bulls.

Philander and Dennis met after an exhibition game at the Mall of Asia Arena in 2012. The elder Rodman, who has acknowledged being a father to 29 offsprings by 16 mothers, first tried to meet his son in the Philippines in another game in 2006.

"It was great," Philander told The Associated Press following the meeting in 2012. "I've been trying to meet him for years. And then last night, boom, I met him. I was really, really happy and very surprised."

"I don't hate the guy that brought me into this world," Dennis Rodman said. "The fact is, if I saw him, I'll just tell him, 'You know, you're a friend of mine.'"

He acknowledged his father at one point in the exhibition game which also featured NBA Scottie Pippen, Mitch Richmond, and Horace Grant playing against Filipino basketball legends.