Former NBA Player Fab Melo FOUND DEAD In Brazil At 26

Former Syracuse big man and NBA Boston Celtics player, Fab Melo, has passed away. He was only 26. According to reports, Melo was found dead at his home in Brazil.

7-foot Melo was a standout college basketball player at Syracuse and had a brief stint in the NBA with the Celtics but spent most of the season with the Maine Red Claws, Boston’s team in the NBA D-League. He was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and still owns the record for the most blocked shots in an NBA D-League game with 14. He played in only six games for Boston and was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis waived Melo, who was eventually signed by the Dallas Mavericks.

The cause of death is still unknown, but a Business Insider report suggests that Melo had a heart attack. This tweet out of Brazil indicates that it could have been a heart attack. h/t heavy

Jorge de Sá @JorgeDesa: “Aps 26 anos, foi encontrado morto em sua casa em juiz de fora o ala pivo brasileiro Fab Melo. A causa pode ter sido um ataque cardíaco.”

According to Google Translate, the tweet reads: “After 26 years, the Brazilian pivo wing Fab Melo was found dead in his house in judge of outside. The cause may have been a heart attack.” Continue reading