Former Syracuse big man Fab Melo dies in Brazil

Boston Celtics 2012 draft pick center Fab Melo shakes a hand as Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca, rear left, and draft pick forward Jared Sullinger watch during an introductory NBA basketball news conference in Boston on Monday, July 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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