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Coroner: Former Purdue, NBA star Caleb Swanigan dies at 25

"The world lost a gentle soul last night," Purdue Men’s basketball tweeted.
Sacramento Kings v Portland Trail Blazers
Caleb Swanigan #50 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 12, 2018.Sam Forencich / NBAE via Getty Images
/ Source: AP (Associated Press)

Former Purdue basketball star Caleb Swanigan has died at 25.

The Allen County Coroner’s office confirmed Tuesday that Swanigan died Monday of natural causes at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A private doctor will be handling his death certificate, according to Rebecca Maze, a senior investigator at the coroner’s office.

Purdue Men’s basketball tweeted Tuesday: “Devastated,” and “Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends. The world lost a gentle soul last night. Love you Biggie.”

Philadelphia 76ers v Portland Trail Blazers
Swanigan shoots against the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 30, 2018 in Portland.Sam Forencich / NBAE via Getty Images

The 6-foot-9 center was from Fort Wayne and attended Homestead High School before playing for the Boilermakers from 2015-2017. He averaged more than 14 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue.

Swanigan was selected as The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference in 2017 when he averaged more than 18 points. He was a unanimous pick for both Big Ten Player of the Year and the AP All-Big Ten team.

Utah Jazz v Portland Trail Blazers
Swanigan smiles during a game against the Utah Jazz on Feb. 1, 2020 in Portland.Sam Forencich / NBAE via Getty Images

Swanigan was a first-round draft pick in 2017 by the Portland Trail Blazers. He also played for the Sacramento Kings.