Mourning in American basketball and around the world after knowing the sudden and unexpected passing of Caleb Swaniganwho played in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings. The young man died at the age of 25 in Fort Wayne (Indiana), as reported by the league itself on Tuesday through a statement.
A complicated childhood, closely linked to drugs, an exponential growth that led him to basketball and a fall from grace that was linked to a tremendous weight gain, perhaps also associated with mental health problems, although there is nothing confirmed about the causes of death.
Swanigan died Monday night at Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital of natural causes with no further details released at this time.. We are devastated. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends. The world lost a kind soul. We love you, Biggie », wrote this Tuesday on Twitter the official profile of the team of Purduewhere Swanigan played in his college days.
As a child, he passed through five shelters between Indianapolis and Utah, as he was crack son. His father, addicted to that drug and cocaine, destroyed a family and even mistreated his mother. He also learned that he weighed 220 kilos. Caleb’s childhood was marked by bad eating habits, which ended up causing him to weigh 180 kilos of weight at 13 years old.
His salvation was Roosevelt Barnes, a former football player and agent who adopted him and explored his qualities for basketball. There, he grew up to be an All-American in high school and enter the first round of the NBA Draft as the best rebounder in the university league. In the NBA he never finished taking off. Very few games, development league and resignation from the Orlando bubble. To top it off, he was arrested on December 23, 2020 for drug possession. Treated as a misdemeanor, but when he went to court he looked like he had gained 64 kiloss more than on his arrival in the NBA. From 118 to 182. Seven months after the last image of him, it has been known that he died at 25 years of age.