Northwest Mourns Death of Kris ‘Sonics Guy’ Brannon

Tacoma’s Kris Brannon, known around the Northwest as “Sonics Guy” and who was voted numerous times by South Sound magazine readers as their favorite local celebrity in The Best of the South Sound poll, has died of heart failure. Brannon’s sister confirmed his passing on Twitter late Thursday. He was 47.

Brannon often sported green and gold SuperSonics gear since the team left town for Oklahoma City in 2008, rallying to bring an NBA team back to Seattle. He was gracious, friendly, and had a big presence, willing to pose for selfies with his fans.

Photo by Rachel Coward at the 2016 The Best of the South Sound award party at LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma.

“I’ve always tried to leave people with a positive impression of the team I loved,” he said on his website, sonicsrising.com. “As a writer, I’ll try and bring you my unique point of view. I mean, who else is over 6’5” tall, has an afro, and wears gold pants?”

Brannon said he attended more than 1,500 events to help “remind people of what we lost.” He also was featured in a film called Superfan that debuted at the Seattle International Film Festival in May 2016. You can read more about that here.

In a 2014 South Sound magazine interview, he was asked why the cause was so important to him. He replied, “Sports are a true unifier. I go to all sorts of rallies with all different walks of life. I’ve found that it doesn’t matter if you’re Black, white, gay, conservative, liberal, Christian, or whatever — 90 percent of the people I meet are into this cause — they’re into sports.”

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