Multiple reports have said that former Syracuse star basketball player Fab Melo has died in Brazil at the age of 26. Syracuse has confirmed the report.
Melo played two seasons with Syracuse, averaging 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds his sophomore season. After his sophomore season, he declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft and was selected with the 22nd pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
One unconfirmed report from Brazil says Melo died of a possible heart attack.
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. 😞😞 pic.twitter.com/DDAtUtegHy
— Jorge de Sá (@JorgeDesa) February 12, 2017
Translation (via Google Translate): "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."
Melo only played six games in the NBA before moving to the D-League and later to New Basketball Brazil to compete professionally.