COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Former Syracuse player Fab Melo died Saturday, according to ESPN.
The basketball player was only 26 years old.
“He was a really good kid, and it’s not fair that he will be defined by one thing, a 10-page paper,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN shortly after hearing Melo had died at his mother’s house. “He worked his tail off to become a really good player, and was a nice kid.”
The cause of Melo’s death remains unclear at this time.
ESPN reports Melo was playing professionally in his home country of Brazil.