A Nigerian basketball player who previously played for Red Star Belgrade, Michael Ojo is dead.
Naija News reports that Michael Ojo died at the age of 27 during a training session in the Serbian capital on Friday, the club said.
“We are deeply saddened by the news”, Red Star’s spokesperson Igor Vujicin told AFP but the club couldn’t confirm the cause of death, however, local media reported that Ojo suffered a heart attack.
The late Nigerian basketball player who was 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, Ojo moved to European giants Red Star, where he spent two seasons, quickly becoming a fan favourite. He had been without a club since June 30 but was still training with Red Star.
Ojo’s former team released a statement mourning the loss of the “cheerful giant”.
“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,” Red Star said.
Similarly, EuroLeague also extended condolences to Ojo’s family, teammates, coaches, “and many fans who enjoyed his performances”.