Family sues over death of G-League player Upshaw

The family of Zeke Upshaw is filing a wrongful death lawsuit on Wednesday against the NBA, the Detroit Pistons and the ownership group of the G-League's Grand Rapids Drive and the DeltaPlex.

Upshaw collapsed during the Drive's final game of the season on March 24 and died two days later. He was 26.

His family contends that no life-saving efforts were made at the DeltaPlex when he fell in the lawsuit being filed in Manhattan.

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"Despite this undeniable dire situation, no life-saving measures were attempted, no CPR was initiated and no defibrillator was used," said a news release from attorney Ben Crump's office, per the Detroit Free Press.

The Drive's operations are run by the Detroit Pistons.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - NOVEMBER 3: Zeke Upshaw #13 of the Grand Rapids Drive poses for a head shot during the NBA D-League media day on November 3, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Dennis Slagle/NBAE via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - NOVEMBER 20: Zeke Upshaw #13 of the Grand Rapids Drive makes a 3-point shot against the Maine Red Claws on November 20, 2016 at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Rich Obrey/NBAE via Getty Images)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 23: Zeke Upshaw #13 of the Grand Rapids Drive looks to pass the ball against the Maine Red Claws at the DeltaPlex Arena on December 23, 2016 in Walker, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - DECEMBER 22: Zeke Upshaw #13 of the Grand Rapids Drive shoots a foul shot against the Long Island Nets during an NBA D-League game on December 22, 2016 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - OCTOBER 26: Zeke Upshaw #3 of the Grand Rapids Drive poses for a head shot during the NBA G-League media day at the DeltaPlex Arena on October 26, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Dennis Slagle/NBAE via Getty Images)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 23: Zeke Upshaw #13 of the Grand Rapids Drive goes up for a rebound against the Maine Red Claws at the DeltaPlex Arena on December 23, 2016 in Walker, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Allison Farrand/NBAE via Getty Images)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - MARCH 23: Zeke Upshaw #0 of the Grand Rapids Drive during the game against the Greensboro Swarm at the DeltaPlex Arena on March 23, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Dennis Slagle/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Zeke Upshaw #0 of the Grand Rapids Drive shoots the ball during the game against the Lakeland Magic on February 24, 2018 at RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Gary Bassing/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Upsaw was rushed to the hospital after he lay motionless on the floor with less than a minute to go.

With 49 seconds remaining, Upshaw, 26, was playing defense on an inbounds play when he fell flat on his stomach.

"I immediately knew it was terrible because he wasn't moving," Drive public address announcer Eric Zane told mlive.com at the time. "What was remarkable was how fast a lady came out -- within 10 seconds -- she came sprinting out there with a defibrillator."

It was unclear whether the defibrillator was used, but Upshaw was quickly removed via stretcher before the game continued.

Upshaw, a 6-foot-6 forward, was in his second year with the Drive after going undrafted out of Hofstra. He averaged 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds for the Drive this season.

--Field Level Media

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