Former Syracuse standout Fab Melo died Saturday in Brazil, Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim confirmed via Twitter.
Melo was 26 years old.
"I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of Fab Melo," Boeheim tweeted. "He was a kind, genuine person who was committed to doing his best while he was at Syracuse. Our staff and his teammates were fortunate to have had the opportunity to know Fab. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
The details surrounding Melo's death remain unclear.
The 7-foot center was selected 22nd overall by the Boston Celtics.
He appeared in six games for that franchise.
Sad day for Cuse. My brother Fab Melo passed away. I still can't believe the news. My condolences goes out to his family. Such a great guy— CJ Fair (@cjfair) February 12, 2017