BRANDON HUNTER: Collapsed during a hot yoga workout in Orlando. PHOTO COURTESY OF INSTAGRAM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Brandon Hunter, who played two NBA seasons after starring in college at Ohio University, has died. He was 42.
The Orlando Magic, for whom Hunter played in 2004-05, announced his death in a statement, as did the university. Hunter played the previous season for the Boston Celtics, who drafted him in 2003. He played overseas after his time in the NBA.
Hunter’s mother-in-law, Carolyn Cliett, told NBC News that he died Sept. 12 after collapsing during a hot yoga workout in Orlando.
“It was hot yoga, and he did it regularly,” she said. “He was in good shape as far as we know. We’re just shocked.” A Cincinnati native, the 6-foot-7 Hunter was a three-time ﬁrst-team All-MAC selection at Ohio and the school’s all-time leading rebounder.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Brandon Hunter,” Ohio coach Jeff Boals said in a statement. “Brandon was a phenomenal player at Ohio who went on to have a great pro career. He was up on campus last year, with his son, for his well-deserved induction into the Ohio University Athletics Hall of Fame. Brandon was a great ambassador for Ohio, a great teammate, a great competitor, and a great family man.”