Former Homestead basketball star turned NBA player dies, coroner says

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 10:23 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - A former NBA player from Homestead High School has died at the age of 25, the Allen County Coroner says.

The coroner’s office confirmed on Tuesday morning that Caleb Swanigan died of natural causes. No other details were provided.

Purdue Men’s Basketball, where Swanigan played in college, Tweeted on Tuesday that their thoughts and prayers are with Swanigan’s family and friends.

“The Purdue basketball family is deeply saddened and devastated at the loss of Caleb Swanigan,” head coach Matt Painter said. “Caleb was a very thoughtful individual and a gentle soul who excelled both on and off the court. He made a huge difference in everyone’s lives that he touched and he will be greatly missed.”

In a release sent by Purdue, the college said Swanigan was a 2017 first-team consensus All-American, the Big Ten Player of the Year, and the No. 26 pick by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2017 NBA Draft. They say he also earned Academic All-American honors, graduating in just three years while completing his degree during his rookie season in Portland.

They say during his NBA career, he worked extensively with Portland-area youth and FoodCorps to promote healthy eating habits in schools and eliminate child hunger.

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