Purdue basketball player Caleb Swanigan died of natural causes at the young age of 25, reportedly.
Swanigan was an inspiring figure who apparently had a long basketball career ahead of him, having gone from being a homeless teenager to college basketball star and first-round NBA pick in just a few years, Fox News reported.
His death was announced on Twitter by the university.
“Devastated. Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends. The world lost a kind soul last night, “reads the tweet.” I love you Biggie.
Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends. The world lost a kind soul last night.
I love you Biggie. pic.twitter.com/spU2hQtJdi
– Purdue Mens Basketball (@BoilerBall) June 21, 2022
The Allen County Coroner’s Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, said Swanigan died of “natural causes,” but no further details have been released so far.
By the age of 13, Swanigan had lived in five different homeless shelters as his struggling family moved from Indianapolis to Utah, and his education had been disrupted by being placed in more than a dozen schools.
But in 2015 he began to show his courage by being named McDonald’s All-American and becoming Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in high school. He then joined the Boilermakers and continued his record of excellence in basketball. He has also helped the U17 and U19 national teams to win gold medals in their World Championships.
During his tenure with Purdue, he was the Big Ten Player of the Year and an All-American Consensus in 2017. He also broke Purdue’s scoring record in a single season by rebounds and double doubles in 2017.
He then ran for the 2017 NBA Draft and was picked in the first round by the Trail Blazers. He played for the Trail Blazers for three seasons before moving to the Sacramento Kings for the 2019-2020 season. Then he returned with the Trail Blazers.
Tributes to the player flooded Twitter:
The Big Ten sends our deepest condolences to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends and the Purdue community. https://t.co/YTDAisROX2
– Big Ten Conference (@bigten) June 21, 2022
We are heartbroken over the passing of former Trail Blazers player Caleb Swanigan. Our thoughts and prayers are with Caleb’s family, friends and all who loved him.
Rest in peace, Biggie. pic.twitter.com/QxiGMZi5cg
– Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 21, 2022
The NBA family is deeply saddened by the passing of Caleb Swanigan, who played three seasons in the NBA after a decorated career at Purdue. We send our deepest condolences to Caleb’s family, friends and former teammates. pic.twitter.com/8DGrg3ePW7
– NBA (@NBA) June 21, 2022
Horrible news. So sad. RIP Caleb Swanigan. https://t.co/ispK6E7RSt
– Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) June 21, 2022
There are really no words to describe Caleb Swanigan’s heartbreak for family, friends, loved ones. What a loss.
– Hammer and Rails (@HammerAndRails) June 21, 2022
Caleb Swanigan, 26-year-old NBA star.
Jaylon Ferguson, 25-year-old NFL star.
Miss Brazil, 27, Gleycy Correia.
All too young and too healthy to be dead. Absolutely tragic.
– Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 22, 2022
My thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family 🙏🏻 https://t.co/IHMGWTAWcw
– Jusuf Nurkić (@ bosnianbeast27) June 21, 2022
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