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Former Purdue and NBA player who spent childhood in Utah dies at age 25

Posted at 9:25 AM, Jun 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-21 19:35:16-04

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Former NBA player and Purdue Boilermakers standout Caleb Swanigan is dead at 25.

The Purdue men's basketball program said Swanigan died Monday night, but it did not provide further details, just that the team is mourning the passing of one of its former players.

"Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends," the team said on its official Twitter account said. "The world lost a gentle soul last night. Love you, Biggie."

According to the Allen County Coroner's Office, he died of natural causes, and the office declined the case as a physician will sign the death certificate.

A first-round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2017, the 6-foot-9 Swanigan played three years in the NBA with the Blazers and Sacramento Kings.

Swanigan lived in Salt Lake City until he was twelve.

READ SALT LAKE TRIBUNE ARTICLE: Utah Jazz: Purdue's Caleb Swanigan thrilled to return to his hometown to work out for Jazz

The Purdue Boilermakers tweeted about Swanigan's death late Monday night.