Former Purdue basketball star Caleb Swanigan died at 25. The Allen County Coroner’s office confirmed Tuesday that Swanigan died Monday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“The Purdue basketball family is deeply saddened and devastated at the loss of Caleb Swanigan,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a statement.
“Caleb was a very thoughtful individual and a gentle soul who excelled both on and off the court. He made a huge difference in everyone’s lives that he touched and he will be greatly missed.”
Celeb Swanigan Cause Of Death
His cause of death is unknown and currently being investigated. But the cause of death will be published soon. Because police work in this case.
A private doctor will be handling his death certificate, according to Rebecca Maze, a senior investigator at the coroner’s office.
Purdue Men’s basketball tweeted Tuesday: “Devastated,” and “Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends. The world lost a gentle soul last night. Love you Biggie.”
He played two seasons at Purdue. He broke out in his 2016-17 sophomore campaign when he put up 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game en route to winning Big Ten Player of the Year and being named a consensus First Team All-American.
He was selected as The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference in 2017 when he averaged more than 18 points. He was a unanimous pick for both Big Ten Player of the Year and the AP All-Big Ten team.
Swanigan was a first-round draft pick in 2017 by the Portland Trail Blazers. He also played for the Sacramento Kings.
After making 10 appearances with the Kings, Swanigan was traded back to Portland during his third and final season in the league.
Swanigan played in 75 games and made four starts over his three-year NBA career.