Former NBA player Clifford Rozier dead at 45 after heart attack



Former NBA center Clifford Rozier has died at age 45 after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week, his brother said.

Rozier died Friday in his hometown of Bradenton, Fla., where he starred in high school before playing collegiately at North Carolina and Louisville. The Golden State Warriors selected him in the first round (No. 16 overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft.

Injuries and inconsistency limited Rozier's NBA career to four seasons. The 6-foot-11, 245-pounder averaged 4.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 173 games (64 starts) with the Warriors, Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves from 1994 to 1998.

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AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 19: Clifford Rozier #7 of the Toronto Raptors shoots during a game played on March 19, 1997 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, 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 1997 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CANADA - NOVEMBER 04: Clifford Rozier (Photo by Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
CANADA - APRIL 08: Clifford Rozier (Photo by Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 25: Toronto Raptors Clifford Rozier (L) is pressured by Denver Nuggets Ervin Johnson (R) during first period action of their game 25 February at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, CO. AFP PHOTO Doug COLLIER (Photo credit should read DOUG COLLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 29: Clifford Rozier #22 of the Toronto Raptors shoots during a game played on January 29, 1997 at the First Union Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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 1997 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CANADA - JANUARY 28: Clifford Rozier (Photo by Jeff Goode/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - 1997: Clifford Rozier of the Golden State Warriors shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers circa 1997 at San Jose Arena in San Jose, California. 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 1997 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 26: Clifford Rozier #44 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball against the Orlando Magic on March 26, 1995 at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, 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 1995 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 6: Clifford Rozier of the Golden State Warriors (rear) bats the ball out of the hands of Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls (L) as Tom Gugliotta of the Warriors (R) looks on in the fourth period of their game in Oakland 05 February. Pippen scored 35 points as the Bulls beat the Warriors 97-93.(COLOR KEY: Bulls jersey is red.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read PETER DASILVA/AFP/Getty Images)
24 Mar 1994: LOUISVILLE CENTER CLIFFORD ROZIER LOSES CONTROL OF THE BALL UNDER THE DEFENSIVE PRESSURE OF ARIZONA''S RAY OWES, #22 AND KHALID REEVES, #3, TONIGHT AT THE NCAA WEST REGIONAL SEMIFINAL ATT EH SPORTS ARENA IN LOA ANGELES.
INDIANAPOLIS - JUNE 29: Clifford Rozier of the Golden State Warriors speaks with the media during the 1994 NBA Draft on June 29, 1994 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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 1994 NBAE (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
6 Mar 1994: Clifford Rozier of the Louisville Cardinals shoots the ball during a game against the UCLA Bruins. Mandatory Credit: J.D. Cuban /Allsport
1994: Clifford Rozier of the University of Louisville Cardinals looks on during a 1994 Western Regionals game. (Photo by: Bernstein Associates/Getty Images)
1994: Clifford Rozier of the University of Louisville Cardinals looks to pass during a 1994 Western Regionals game. (Photo by: Bernstein Associates/Getty Images)
28 Dec 1992: CLIFFORD ROZIER OF LOUISVILLE WITH A JUMP HOOK OVER A MAYLAND DEFENDER DURING THE CARDINALS GAME AT THE TERRAPINS.
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Kobie Rozier, Clifford's brother, announced the death in a Facebook post.

"For the last few days my brother big Cliff been fighting for his life after having a heart attack," Kobie Rozier wrote. "Today he lost his fight. Rest easy big bro and I'll see you again one day."

At Louisville, Rozier led the team to back-to-back appearances in the Sweet 16. He was named as a consensus first-team All-American in 1993-94 along with Jason Kidd (Cal), Grant Hill (Duke), Donyell Marshall (Connecticut) and Glenn Robinson (Purdue).

--Field Level Media

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