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Basketball -Nigerian centre Ojo dies of heart attack

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BELGRADE, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Nigerian basketball player
Michael Ojo died of a heart attack during an individual training
session in the Serbian capital on Friday, his former club Red
Star Belgrade said in a statement on its official website
(www.kkcrvenazvezda.rs).
"It is with great sadness we hereby inform the public that
our former centre Michael Ojo passed away at the age of 27," Red
Star said.
"His sudden death has shocked the club's players, staff and
management alike, as he won three trophies with Red Star and
parted company with the club amicably on June 30."
Ojo played college basketball at Florida State and started
his professional career at FMP Belgrade in 2017 before he joined
Red Star the following year.
He won the 2019 Adriatic (ABA) League title, a competition
incorporating clubs from the former Yugoslavia, as well as the
Serbian league title the same year.
Ojo, born in Lagos and a product of the Tennessee Temple
high school, also clinched the ABA League Supercup in 2018.
ABA League commissioner Dubravko Kmetovic said the
organisation was "shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden
death of Michael Ojo."
"Ojo left this world too early, but he left an indelible
mark on the basketball community.
"We will remember him as a champion, as a great fighter, a
respected team mate and as a respected opponent. During three
seasons we had the privilege of enjoying his talent, smile and
energy."

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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