26-Year-Old NBA G League Player Zeke Upshaw Dies from Cardiac Arrest After Collapsing During Game

Zeke Upshaw of the G League’s Grand Rapids Drive died Monday, two days after he collapsed on the court near the end of a game and was rushed to a hospital. He was 26.

The Drive tweeted a statement from Upshaw’s mother, Jewel Upshaw, in which she said her son died Monday morning after “continued efforts from the medical team at Spectrum Health” in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“To family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans & confidants, thank you for your prayers and support during this most difficult time,” Jewel Upshaw said in the statement.

Details on a memorial were not announced.

The Drive, who are affiliated with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, said in a statement that Upshaw had a “warm personality and was a tremendous representative of our organization both on and off the court.”

G League president Malcolm Turner said the league was “devastated” by Upshaw’s death.

“Zeke was an outstanding young man whose powerful belief in himself and uncommon perseverance led to a successful professional basketball career,” Turner said in a statement. “A beloved member of the Grand Rapids Drive, Zeke’s continuous improvement and tireless work ethic were hallmarks of his career. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends and the Drive organization.”

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SOURCE: ESPN News Service