I know you have read this opening line from me before, but I vowed to use it every time we have a report on this particular subject… Here we go again.
Another fairly young athlete, another mysterious death.
Brandon Hurt, who played forward in the NBA for the Celtics and Magic, unexpectedly died this week. He was only 42 years old, reported the New York Post.
Now, I realize he is not in high school or college, but at 42 and an NBA athlete, that just seems off to me.
According to a CBS Sports report, he collapsed while taking a hot yoga class.
As of the writing of this report, no more details were available regarding his death.
Hunter was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Celtics.
He was snatched up by the Charlotte Bobcats the following year in an expansion draft, then traded to the Orlando Magic.
After the 2004-05 season, he played overseas ball, retiring in 2013.
He was a standout player at Ohio University, where he finished as the team's all-time record holder for rebounds (1,103). He also had the record for free throws both made and attempted.
Upon learning of his death, Ohio coach Jeff Boals stated, "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Brandon Hunter.
"Brandon was a phenomenal player at Ohio who went on to have a great pro career. He was up on campus last year, with his son, for his well-deserved induction into the Ohio University Athletics Hall of Fame. Brandon was a great ambassador for Ohio, a great teammate, a great competitor, and a great family man.
"Brandon had an infectious personality that touched many people along his journey and will be truly missed. We are thinking about and praying for his wife Mary and three children during this time."
Hunter started a sports agency called Hunter Athlete Management in 2021.
I am just trying to figure out what is killing young athletes and wondering why nobody in the media is asking the same question.