Nigeria-born former Florida State basketball big man Michael Ojo died of a heart attack in Serbia on Friday. He was only 27 years old.
According to a report, Ojo, who was playing professionally for Partizan in Serbia, collapsed while running at a practice, and doctors at a hospital were unable to resuscitate him.
The 7-foot-1 strong player was not believed to have had any health issues or heart conditions before he suffered a heart attack on Friday and died.
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He was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States to finish high school where he landed a scholarship to Florida State.
“He went on to start 78 games for the Seminoles during his college career and became a fan favorite known for his high character and friendliness, as was evident by the social media tributes to him Friday morning as news of his death spread,” New York Post reported.
“I am devastated, I used to bring him to the house for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Loved that guy,” Sam Lunt, the former associate director of sports medicine for men’s basketball at FSU, told the Tallahassee Democrat.
“You brought joy to all of us in the Seminole family. Thank you for your great work in class and on the court. Thank you for being so good to your fellow classmates. This one has knocked the wind out of me, friends, ” tweeted Mark Zeigler, a faculty member at Florida State.