Former NBA player Caleb Swanigan died aged 25 on Monday night, his college basketball team Purdue announced.
“The Purdue basketball family is deeply saddened and devastated at the loss of Caleb Swanigan,” head coach Matt Painter said in a statement on the team’s website.
In his sophomore 2016-17 season, Swanigan averaged 18.5 points per game, 12.5 total rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for Purdue, helping it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball championship.
For his efforts, the forward won Big Ten Player of the Year and was named a consensus First Team All-American.
“We are heartbroken by the passing of former Trail Blazers player Caleb Swanigan.
Our thoughts are with Caleb’s family, friends, and all who loved him. Rest In Peace, Biggie,” Portland said on Twitter.
In an interview with ESPN in 2017. Swanigan spoke about his difficulties controlling his weight and of a childhood without reliable access to housing or food.