Caleb Swanigan was a former Homestead and Purdue basketball star who later went on to the NBA. At the time, he was 25 years of age. Let’s find out what happened. How did Caleb Swanigan pass away? What was his cause of death? For More Updates Stay Tuned With Apnanewz.com.
Who Was Caleb Swanigan?
According to the Boilermakers, Caleb Swanigan, a former NBA forward, and Purdue star has died at 25. He hadn’t been in the NBA since spring 2020 when he was invited back to the Portland Trail Blazers for another stint. Purdue’s athletic department posted, “Our thoughts and sympathies for Caleb Swanigan and his family and friends.”
What Happened To Caleb Swanigan
We don’t know where and how Caleb Swanigan died. Lillard commented on an Instagram post that included Swanigan’s new and old photos, saying that “he’s clearly experiencing real-life problems.” “You don’t know what he is going through to make such drastic changes.” These words suggest that Caleb Swanigan was at grave risk, possibly due to mental illness.
Caleb Swanigan Cause Of Death
According to an Indiana representative of the Allen County Coroner’s Office, the ex-Boilermaker centre died from natural causes. On the other hand, a 25-year old athlete is not likely to die from natural causes. Based on Lillard’s comments on Caleb on Twitter, Caleb may have committed suicide. This statement has not been confirmed by Lillard.
How Did Caleb Swanigan Died?
On May 17, 2021 Swanigan, who was charged with minor marijuana possession, was nearly unrecognizable in court. Caleb Swanigan (a former Trail Blazers big-man) was being criticized online for his weight gain until Damian Lillard supported him. Caleb Swanigan was a former Trail Blazers big man and entered a guilty plea in Indiana on Monday for a low-level drug charge.
Swanigan’s court appearance was not the subject of Tuesday’s unanticipated online news. Images of Swanigan, the former first-round pick, arriving at and leaving his court hearing quickly became viral online. Many social media users were quick to criticize Swanigan’s body.
Indiana native Swanigan has a long and documented history of obesity. He overcame it to become a star at Purdue University, before being selected by Portland as the 27th overall pick in 2017. In a 2017 ESPN article, Myron Medcalf wrote that Swanigan admitted to having gained weight from growing up poor and being pushed around a lot. His father, who was a victim of addiction, died at 500 pounds in 2014. Damian Lillard was shocked to see the unflattering tone of many social media comments in response to Swanigan’s recent photos. He quickly defended his former teammate.
Caleb Swanigan: Biography & Age
The Portland Trail Blazers selected Swanigan in the first round in 2017 NBA Draft. However, he had not been in league since the 2019-2020 season. After guiding Homestead to its only state championship in 2015, Swanigan was named Indiana’s Mister Basketball. He played basketball at Purdue University before he declared for the Draft.
Swanigan was homeless as a child and was adopted. He then went to Purdue University, where he earned a degree on Educational History. He also managed a fundraising campaign for homelessness and recorded songs in 2019.
After averaging 22.6 points per game and 13.7 rebounds, the 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward was named McDonald’s All-American in his senior season. Over his two years playing for the Boilermakers, Swanigan averaged 14.4 and 10.4 points per game. Swanigan struggled with weight issues for parts of two seasons.
Swanigan had taken up music from the court and was rapping as ‘Slyy5jackk’. ‘Thoughts/THOTS’ was the title for a 2021 release and it was believed that he was working on a new record.
Condolences for Caleb Swanigan
Many expressed condolences via social media after Swanigan’s passing was announced early Tuesday. Twitter trended Tuesday the terms “Swanigan”, and “Biggie”.
Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, Swanigan’s former colleague expressed his sympathy via Twitter: “My heartfelt condolences for Caleb Swanigan and his family.”
Matt Painter was the Purdue head coach. He said that Biggie had a tremendous impact on the lives and careers of all who knew him. He was a kind, thoughtful and sweet person who overcame so many obstacles in his life. He will be greatly missed.”