Tragic news struck the basketball world as former NBA player Brandon Hunter, known for his time with the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic, collapsed and passed away while participating in a hot yoga session. He was 42 years old.
Brandon Hunter, who enjoyed a lengthy career in European basketball, was confirmed to have left this world on Tuesday, leaving a void in the hearts of many who admired his talent and dedication to the sport.
Both the Orlando Magic and Hunter’s alma mater, Ohio University, mourned his untimely passing, with the university expressing their condolences, saying, “We are saddened to hear about the loss of Ohio basketball legend Brandon Hunter. Our thoughts are with Brandon’s family at this time.”
The exact cause of Brandon Hunter’s death has not been disclosed at this time. According to his mother-in-law, Carolyn Cliett, the tragedy unfolded during a session of hot yoga at an Orlando studio. She revealed, “It was hot yoga, and he did it regularly. He was in good shape, as far as we know. We’re just shocked.”
While Brandon Hunter’s NBA career spanned only 36 games with the Boston Celtics in the 2003-04 season and 31 appearances with the Orlando Magic in 2004-05, he utilized his profound basketball knowledge and experience to establish a successful career as an agent. He played a pivotal role in placing players on overseas teams, as attested by his former college coach, Tim O’Shea.
Reflecting on Hunter’s journey, Coach O’Shea remarked, “For me, it was incredibly rewarding to see how he matured as a person. He invested money wisely, had real estate and some rental properties. He came from a very tough childhood, so it was amazing to see how athletics can be a vehicle to change somebody’s life, and he was a great example of that.”
Following his tenure in Boston and Orlando, Hunter continued to play basketball professionally in various countries, including Greece, Italy, Israel, and France. Standing tall at 6 feet 7 inches, he was renowned for his tenacity on the boards and had led all of Division I college basketball in rebounds per game with an impressive 12.6 during the 2002-03 season. Notably, he holds Ohio University’s career record for rebounds, amassing 1,103 boards during his four-year tenure in Athens.
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Brandon Hunter is survived by his wife and three children, ranging in age from 5 to 15. His legacy as a remarkable basketball talent and a source of inspiration will live on in the hearts of those who knew and admired him.