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Nigerian Basketball Player, Michael Ojo Dies At 27 In Serbia

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Nigerian basketball player, Michael Ojo who previously played for Red Star Belgrade has died on Friday, August 7.

Local media reports that the 27-year-old Nigerian-American collapsed during training session in Belgrade, Serbia.

Red Star’s spokesperson, Igor Vujicin said;

The sudden and shocking death of Michael Ojo has deeply affected everyone — players, coaches and the management of a club that accepted him from the first day, and that he considered his own.

Ojo is said to have suffered the heart attack at the Partizan stadium, and was then transferred to the emergency centre where resuscitation was attempted before he passed on.

Born in Lagos, the 2.16 metre (7ft 1in) centre played for Florida State University in the United States before coming to Europe to start his professional career.

After a stint with the Belgrade team FMP Zeleznik, he moved to European giants Red Star, where he spent two seasons, quickly becoming a fan favourite.

Ojo had been without a club since June 30 but was still training with Red Star.

EuroLeague has extended condolences to Ojo’s family, teammates, coaches, and fans who enjoyed his performances.

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