SPORTS WORLD. (THECOUNT) — Reggie Chaney GoFundMe: Reggie Chaney, a former star University of Houston basketball player, has died. He was 23.
Chaney, a member of the Cougars team that made the Final Four in 2021, tragically passed away, according to multiple social media posts.
A cause of death was not provided.
A GoFundMe has been setup to help the family with funeral expenses.
Reggie Chaney was a force both on the court and off. He was born on September 6, 1999, and left this world unexpectedly on August 21, 2023.
This GoFundMe was created with the permission of his mother, Mikki, to help with unplanned expenses that no mother should have to worry about in this time of unimaginable grief.
All donation will go directly to Reggie’s immediate family.
Rest in peace, Reggie Chaney.
— Ben Brandon (@BenBrandonHoops) August 21, 2023
This is Reggie Chaney after his final game in a @UHCougarMBK uniform back in the spring.
He loved his team and his coaches. Gone way, way too soon.
RIP, young man. https://t.co/JkG0yYX0Wm
— Daniel Gotera (@DTGotera) August 22, 2023
Details surrounding the death have not yet been revealed, according to TMZ. The school’s president, Renu Khator, said in a statement Monday night that the “News has left us with sad and heavy hearts.”
He was a “giant among giants of Houston basketball,” she added.
Chaney initially began his college career at the Univ. of Arkansas in 2018 — playing in 34 games his freshman season. But, following his sophomore year with the Razorbacks, he transferred to Houston, where he became a key part of the 2020-21 squad that advanced all the way to the NCAA tournament’s Final Four.
This past season with the Cougs, the last one of his college career, he played in 35 games and earned American Athletic Conference Sixth Man of the Year honors. In total, he logged time in 104 contests for the Cougars in his three years at the school.
News of his death has rocked the hoops community … with his former coach at Arkansas, Eric Musselman, saying in a statement Monday evening that he and his program are “devastated.”
“He was a relentless worker and loved by his teammates,” Musselman said. “His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”
Justin Gorham, Chaney’s former teammate at UH, added on X that Chaney was “always dependable.”
“Glad I got the chance to lace em up with him, without Reg we don’t accomplish half the things we did. Rest easy brother LOVE.”
Chaney had been slated to play professionally later this year in Greece.