Last edited by sweabs; 08-08-2010 at 05:29 PM.
Man that completely sucks. I remember when he committed to IU out of Ohio and then later transferred to Ga.Tech. Seemed like a nice, kind of quiet, kid. I never thought he would be in the pros this long, but hadn't heard anything ever about him having arrythmia or similiar heart conditions. Sympathies to his family. Too young to die, for sure.
ESPN is reporting that it was likely due to a heart attack.
deepest condolences towards his family and hawks organization
Unbelievable. I just read a story on him the other day, and it dawned on me he played his last couple years at Georgia Tech, and now he's playing for the Hawks which seemed like a great fit. I also noticed he one of his most productive seasons last year.
Very sad to see a basketball player depart this life, and especially one that you've watched play alot of ballgames!
My condolences to the Collier family, & the Hawks!
Very tragic and to be young and supposedly healthy just adds to it....
Certainly puts a few things into perspective as well...
Why Not Us ?
I just read about this. Certainly puts even more scrutiny on the whole Eddy Curry affair.
My condolences to the young man's family.
Your horse is dead, get off it already...
That is simply horrible. I know his cousin.
My deepest condolences to his entire family.
The NBA seriously needs to investigate the effects of a grueling 82 game season combined with constant strenuous workouts has on the heart.
Wow, definitely didn't see that one coming.
"Due to initial reports, Collier, 28, died in his sleep earlier in the morning."
On the surface, my guess would be that he died of Long QT Syndrome. Though I imagine it might go undiagnosed because it's incredibly hard to detect post-mortem and it's a relatively new medical discovery in sudden cardiac death in young people.
I just set through a Long QT class just two weeks ago. The irony of that is that the guy who taught it was from Atlanta, GA.
Of course it's way to early to tell if this is what occured, but no matter the cause this is sad.
Well to be fair it's been known for a long time, there just wasn't a name for it & it wasn't so closely scrutinized in the deaths of young people. I'm sure in retrospect a lot of people actually died of this but they just didn't test for it.
Also, GA is one of the leading states for research on this.
It's very unfortunate that one has to pass away so young. My thoughts to those who were close to him and his teammates
Don't ask Marvin Harrison what he did during the bye week. "Batman never told where the Bat Cave is," he explained.
Unfortunately, history tells us that coronary events in 20-something athletes are more than likely a result of some sort of substance abuse.
AP - Oct 15, 2:44 pm EDT
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing and was stricken in his home, his father said. He was 28.
Jeff Collier told The Associated Press his son died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and did not have any diagnosed health problems apart from his knees.
Jeff Collier said he received a phone call at 3:30 a.m. Saturday from Jason's wife, Katie, who said her husband was having trouble breathing and quickly turned blue.
"You get a call and it's your daughter-in-law crying saying she's giving him CPR and trying to keep him going," Jeff Collier said. "I guess it took awhile for the paramedics to get there. He had a slight pulse when they took him and he passed away in the ambulance while they took him to the hospital."