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Former Syracuse basketball star Fab Melo found dead in Brazil at the age of 26

February 12, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Syracuse basketball star Fab Melo found dead in Brazil at the age of 26

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Fab Melo, 26, who played as a center at Syracuse before moving to Brazil to play professional basketball, died on Saturday in his native South American country.

In an interview with ESPN, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said that the cause of death is not clear, but according to Brazilian reports, the basketball player died in his sleep. He lived with his two sisters and mother.

In the 2012 NBA drafts, the Boston Celtics drafted Fab Melo with the 22nd overall pick, the same year he was awarded the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

“He was a good kid, and it’s not fair that he will be defined by a 10-page paper,” Boeheim said, referring to Melo’s suspension in the 2011-2012 season due to academics. “He worked his tail off to become a good player and was a nice kid. It’s so hard right now, hard to believe. It’s a sad day.”

In 2014, he signed with Club Athletico Paulistano, a Brazilian team.

This season Melo played for Uniceub-BRB-Brasilia.

C.J. Fair, who plays basketball in France, and the Boston Celtics took to Twitter to pay respects to his former Syracuse teammate.

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