Former NBA and Purdue University star Caleb Swanigan has died at age 25 of natural
Caleb Swanigan’s death was announced on Monday night by the Purdue college
basketball team, where he was formerly a star player.
According to the Allen County Coroner’s Office, the basketball player died of natural
Mr Swanigan was a first-round draft pick in 2017, after which he played in the NBA
for three years with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings.
According to ESPN, Mr. Swanigan was named the Big Ten Player of the Year as well as
Indiana’s ‘Mr. Basketball’ while he was in college.
Purdue’s men’s basketball team remembered Mr. Swanigan in a tweet on Tuesday,
saying the “world lost a gentle soul last night.”
Mr Swanigan overcame exceptional difficulties growing up. He experienced
homelessness as a child before he was adopted. He eventually earned a diploma in
Educational History from Purdue, and helped to organize a fundraiser for
homelessness in 2019.