Former NBA player, Caleb Swanigan died on Monday in Fort Wayne, Indiana, just over two years after his last game in the league. He was 25 years old.
Swanigan died of natural causes, the Allen County Coroner’s Office told WANE-15, without explaining further.
Caleb Swanigan, a first-round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers out of Purdue University in 2017, spent three seasons playing for the Blazers and Sacramento Kings.
On Twitter, the Purdue basketball team mourned his death.
Caleb Swanigan was named Mr. Basketball in Indiana in 2015 and stayed in the state to play for the Boilermakers, earning first-team All-American honors his sophomore year, according to ESPN. He declared for the NBA draft and was selected 26th overall.
Swanigan was homeless as a child before being adopted. In 2019, he organized a fundraiser to combat homelessness, WANE-15 reported. He eventually completed his education degree at Purdue.
Swanigan, a 6-9, 260-pounder often times called “Biggie,” played his final NBA game on March 10, 2020, just before the league suspended play due to the COVID-19 pandemic.