Former NBA player Brandon Hunter, 42, collapsed while doing hot yoga and died Tuesday.
Hunter, a Cincinnati native, played for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, and spent several years playing professionally in Europe.
Carolyn Cliett, his mother-in-law, informed NBC News he collapsed during a hot yoga session in Orlando.
“It was hot yoga, and he did it regularly,” she said.
“He was in good shape as far as we know. We’re just shocked.”
Former NBA player Brandon Hunter collapses and dies at 42-years-old 🙏 pic.twitter.com/rXmdUu6Anz
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) September 13, 2023
*Brandon Hunter – 42 yrs
*September 12, 2023
*Died allegedly after collapsing at the end of a yoga class.
*His cause of death is unknown at this time.
*To Follow Up….💔https://t.co/mu3HuGNhIL pic.twitter.com/Wo1zT8YKy0
— cheri maday (@resilient333) September 13, 2023
NBC News reports:
The Magic and Hunter’s alma mater, Ohio University, both announced his passing on Tuesday.
He was inducted to the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame last year.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Brandon Hunter. Brandon was a phenomenal player at Ohio who went on to have a great pro career,” Bobcats coach Jeff Boals said in a statement.
“Brandon was a great ambassador for Ohio, a great teammate, a great competitor, and a great family man. Brandon had an infectious personality that touched many people along his journey and will be truly missed.”
The cause of Hunter’s death was not immediately disclosed.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 13, 2023
The Hill added:
The Orlando Magic shared a statement mourning the loss of Hunter, writing on X, “We are terribly saddened to learn of the loss of our former teammate, Brandon Hunter. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Hunter family.”
As a Bobcat, Hunter was a three-time first-team All-MAC honoree and led all of college basketball in rebounds in 2003.
He is the school’s all-time leader in rebounds, gathering 1,103 boards in his four years in Athens.
Former Ohio University coach Bill O’Shea remembered Hunter as “the best player I ever had the good fortune of coaching” and remarked on his post-basketball success as a player agent.