Bret Bearup was a larger than life figure inside the walls of Pepsi Center. Usually dressed in all black, the hulking 6-foot-9 mammoth of a man typically sat courtside before Nuggets’ games, sharing stories and conversing with former players that he represented during his long and illustrious career as a basketball power broker, financial advisor and consultant for Stan Kroenke’s vast enterprises.

Bearup passed away suddenly at the age of 56, the Lexington Herald Leader reported Thursday evening.

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Harrison Wind

Harrison Wind covers the Nuggets for BSN Denver. He grew up in Boulder, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado Boulder.