Former NBA star Caleb Swanigan has tragically died, aged 25.
According to reports, the sports star’s passing was confirmed on June 19 by Purdue coach Matt Paint, who described him as a ‘gentle soul’.
His statement reportedly read: “The Purdue basketball family is deeply saddened and devastated at the loss of Caleb Swanigan.
“Caleb was a very thoughtful individual and a gentle soul who excelled both on and off the court. He made a huge difference in everyone’s lives that he touched and he will be greatly missed.”
The Sacremtnos King – who Swanigan had transferred to – also paid tribute, tweeting: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Caleb Swanigan.
“He will be remembered as a great teammate and friend. Our hearts are with his family during this incredibly difficult time.”
Heartbroken fans have also taken to social media after hearing the news.
“Devastated. Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends,” one wrote. “The world lost a gentle soul last night. Love you Biggie.”
“I am just stunned,” said a second. “Loved watching Biggie play. Prayers to his family, teammates and coaches.”
A third penned: “This young man captured our Boilermaker hearts with his tenacity and love of the game. Rest in peace Biggie.”
“RIP to the reason I fell in love with Purdue basketball. Loved Biggie… Just did what I should’ve done a long time ago, and bought his NBA jersey,” added another.
According to the NBA website, the Allen County Coroner’s office has confirmed that the 25-year-old died of ‘natural causes’ at Lutheran Hospital in Indiana.
Swanigan made his debut with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2017, he went on to appear in 75 games before being transferred to the Kings.
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