Sports · June 22, 2022

Caleb Swanigan: former NBA player died at 25

The Allen County Coroner’s Office confirmed on CNN that he had died of natural causes.

“The Purdue basketball family is deeply saddened and devastated by the loss of Caleb Swanigan,” coach Matt Painter said in a statement on the team’s website.

“Caleb was a very caring individual and a kind soul who excelled both on and off the pitch. He made a huge difference in everyone’s life that he touched and we will miss him very much.”

“During his NBA career, Swanigan has worked extensively with Portland area youth and the Food Corps to promote healthy eating habits in schools and eliminate children’s hunger,” the Purdue statement added.

In his second 2016-17 season, Swanigan averaged 18.5 points per game, 12.5 total rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for Purdue, helping him reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

For his efforts, the forward won Big Ten Player of the Year and was named First Team All-American Consensual.

Swanigan made 75 appearances and four starters during his three seasons in the NBA after being picked by the Portland Trail Blazers as the No. 26 overall pick in 2017. He also played for the Sacramento Kings.

The 6-foot 9 center last played in the NBA in the 2019-20 season.
“We are heartbroken by the death of former Trail Blazers player Caleb Swanigan. Our thoughts are with Caleb’s family, friends and everyone who loved him. Rest in peace, Biggie,” Portland said on Twitter.
In an interview with ESPN in 2017, Swanigan talked about her difficulties managing her weight and a childhood without reliable access to housing or food.