Former NBA player Brandon Hunter has died unexpectedly at the age of 42, according to his former basketball coach Jeff Boals.
The former power forward Hunter played two seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic.
It has not been confirmed what caused Hunter’s death.
In college, Hunter played for the Ohio Bobcats from 1999 to 2003.
He was trained by Boals, who announced Hunter’s death from Xformerly known as Twitter.
“RIP to a Bobcat Great,” Boals wrote on Tuesday.
“Gone way too soon.”
Hunter’s friend, retired NBA point guard TJ Ford, commented on social media about the former NBA player’s death.
Ford wrote: “We just spoke last week. I’ve lost a lot of my friends lately.”
Hunter was a three-time first-team All-MAC Conference selection and led the NCAA in rebounding in his final season.
He was selected by the Celtics in the 2003 NBA Draft.
During his two seasons in the NBA, Hunter played 67 games for Boston.
In 2004, Hunter scored a career-high 17 points in a game with the Magic.
Hunter is from Cincinnati, Ohio and also played basketball overseas.
The 6-foot, 266-pound player played for several international teams from 2006 to 2013, including Greece, Italy and Puerto Rico.
After his basketball career, Hunter moved into coaching, real estate and sports management.
Fans poured in tributes after learning of the former NBA star’s death.
One said: “Incredible player and great guy. Rest in peace.”
Another wrote: “Too bad, he was great. RIP.”
And a third added: “I’m so sorry to hear that.”
The Magic also acknowledged Hunter’s passing.
“We are terribly saddened to learn of the loss of our former teammate Brandon Hunter,” the team’s communications department wrote.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the entire Hunter family.”
The US Sun has reached out to Orlando police for comment on Hunter’s death.
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