Tragic news… Caleb Swanigan – the former Purdue star who was later chosen in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft – has died aged 25.
A spokesperson for the Allen County Coroner’s Office in Indiana says TMZ Sports …the old Boilermaker Center died of natural causes.
In a statement released Tuesday morning, the Purdue men’s basketball team said Swanigan died Monday evening.
“Devastated,” the school team account wrote in a tweet. “Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Caleb Swanigan. The world lost a sweet soul last night. Love you Biggie.”
Prior to playing at Purdue, Swanigan compiled one of the greatest high school basketball careers in Indiana State history.
The 6-foot-9, 260-pound hoop was a five-star rookie, who earned McDonald’s All-American honors after averaging 22.6 points and 13.7 rebounds per game during his senior season.
During his two years with the Boilermakers, Swanigan averaged 14.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He was eventually taken by the Portland Trailblazers with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
Swanigan played in the NBA with the Trailblazers and Sacramento Kings through 2020.
Off the pitch, Swanigan has had a musical career – rapping under the name “Slyy5jackk”. He released several songs including “Thoughts/THOTS” and “My Life” in 2021.
Swanigan had just released a music video called “Acquired Taste” in April … and according to the rapper’s IG, a new project was coming soon.
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