Caleb Swanigan dies at 25: NBA, college basketball worlds react to passing of former Purdue star

Former Trail Blazers and Purdue standout Caleb Swanigan has died at the age of 25.ย WANE 15 reported that Swanigan died of natural causes.

Swanigan was drafted 26th overall in 2017 by the Trail Blazers and appeared in 75 games in the NBA. He spent 10 games with the Kings and 65 with the Trail Blazers. He last appeared in the league in the 2019-20 season.

“Terribly saddened by this,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter wrote on Twitter. “Biggie had a positive influence in everyone’s life. Was such a thoughtful person and gentle soul who had to overcome so much in his life. He will be greatly missed.”

Fellow Big Ten men’s basketball programs also offered their condolences.

Following news of his passing, comments from former teammate Damian Lillard defending Swanigan on social media recirculated.

NBA and college basketball players, as well as others in the basketball world, shared tributes to Swanigan and his family.

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