David Stern Undergoes Emergency Surgery After Suffering Brain Hemorrhage in Manhattan

David Stern
Former NBA commissioner David Stern underwent emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage on Thursday. | Mike Young/Getty Images

Serious news has befallen the National Basketball Association.

On Thursday, former commissioner David Stern underwent emergency surgery after suffering a brain hemorrhage in Manhattan.

"NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage earlier today for which he underwent emergency surgery," the NBA said in an official statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with David and his family."

Stern was at the Brasserie 8.5 restaurant located in Midtown, where he suddenly collapsed. 911 was called around 2 p.m. ET for what was initially believed to be a cardiac arrest.

A brain hemorrhage is a type of stroke that occurs when there is bleeding in or around the brain. If not treated quickly enough, it can result in serious long-term effects.

Stern took the reins of the NBA back in 1984 and took the league to extraordinary heights for 30 years, before he retired in 2014.

We will continue to keep you updated once more details are provided following his surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with David Stern and his family during this time.