FORT WAYNE, Indiana (AP) Former Purdue basketball star Caleb Swanigan has died at the age of 25.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that Swanigan died Monday of natural causes at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
According to Rebecca Maze, a senior investigator at the coroner’s office, his death certificate will be handled by a private doctor.
On Tuesday, the Purdue Men basketball team tweeted, “Devastated” and “Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Caleb Swanigan.” Yesterday the world lost a tender soul. I love you Biggie.”
The 6’9″ center forward was from Fort Wayne and attended Homestead High School before playing for the Boilermakers from 2015 to 2017. He averaged over 14 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue.
Suanigan was selected by the Associated Press as the 2017 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, averaging over 18 points. He was unanimously selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year and by the AP All-Big Ten team.
Swanigan was selected in the first round of the 2017 draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He also played for the Sacramento Kings.
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