Former Syracuse star Fab Melo was found dead in his Brazil home at the age of 26. Although the cause of death is currently unknown, sources report that Melo went to bed Friday night and was found unresponsive Saturday morning.Syracuse coach Jim Boehiem confirmed the devastating news via Twitter:
“He was a really good kid, and it’s not fair that he will be defined by one thing, a 10-page paper,” Boeheim told ESPN, referring to perceptions of Melo with regards to the NCAA’s sanctions against Syracuse. “He worked his tail off to become a really good player, and he was a nice kid.”
“Melo declared for the 2012 NBA draft after his sophomore season and was selected 22nd overall by the Boston Celtics. He appeared in six NBA games. After bouncing around from the Celtics to the D-League’s Maine Red Claws, to the Grizzlies, to the Dallas Mavericks, he signed with a Brazilian team, Club Athletico Club Paulistano, in 2014.”
So sad. Our prayers are with his loved ones.