Nigerian-American centre Michael Ojo died on Friday after suffering a heart attack during practice in Serbia.
According to Eurohoops sources, Ojo, 27, was having an individual practice with Partizan and collapsed while he was running.
There were no signs of Ojo having any health issues throughout his tenure in Serbia.
Multiple reports from Serbia state that the big man was brought to the hospital from Partizan’s stadium but he was showing no signs of life and the doctors weren’t able to reanimate him.
After five years at Florida State, Ojo started off his professional career in Belgrade, Serbia with FMP for a year, after which he played two seasons for Crvena Zvezda.
He won the 2018 ABA SuperCup as well as the ABA League and the Serbian League in 2019.
Ojo was a free agent this summer.
Meanwhile, tributes have been flowing in from members of the Nigeria Basketball Federation after receiving the sad news of the sudden demise of Ojo.
Leading the tribute is NBBF president, Musa Ahmadu-Kida, who bemoaned the sudden demise of the fallen basketball player.
“This is another flower that unexpectedly withered at such a time it was expected to start blossoming,” Kida said in a press statement.
“After a sterling College career in the United States of America and after securing a professional deal in Belgrade, it is so sad that the basketball world has been robbed of this emerging talent who has been described as one of the tallest to play basketball in Serbia.”
Michael Olalekan Ojo (January 5, 1993 – August 7, 2020) was a Nigerian-American professional basketball player. At 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall and 310 pounds (140 kg), he was one of the tallest and heaviest players ever to play in Serbia and Europe. After competing in college basketball for Florida State, he played professionally for three seasons with Serbian clubs FMP and Crvena zvezda. Ojo died of a heart attack at age of 27.