BRAZIL — Former Syracuse basketball player Fab Melo died Saturday in Brazil. He was 26.
Melo was found dead in his bed Saturday morning at his home in Brazil, ESPN reported. The cause of death is unclear.
“I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of Fab Melo. He was a kind, genuine person who was committed to doing his best while he was at Syracuse,” the university’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim wrote on Twitter.
“Our staff and his teammates were fortunate to have had the opportunity to know Fab. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Melo spent two seasons on the Syracuse team with Boeheim as his coach.
Melo went on to be the Boston Celtic’s No. 22 pick in the 2012 draft.
He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013 but was waived. Melo signed with the Dallas Mavericks but was also waived before the season started, ESPN reported.