Nigerian-American Basketball Player, Michael Ojo Dies During Training In Serbia

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Nigerian-American basket player, Michael Ojo has passed away after collapsing during an individual practice at Partizan’s stadium in Serbia, his former team Red Star Belgrade disclosed on Friday, August 7.

Local reports noted that the 27-year old Lagos-born athlete was taken to a hospital in the Serbian capital, but doctors failed to resuscitate him. It was reported that he died of a heart attack.

Ojo was reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus, but also that he had recovered. Red Star Belgrade released a statement mourning the shocking loss of their former star.

“The sudden and shocking death of Michael Ojo has deeply affected everyone — players, coaches and the management of a club that accepted him from the first day, and that he considered his own,” Red Star said.


Ojo who was 7ft 1in tall and weighed 22st played for Florida State University in the United States, before moving to Europe where he started his professional basketball career with FMP Belgrade.

In 2018, he signed with the regional Adriatic League champions, Red Star Belgrade for a year, where he was hugely popular among the club’s fans, after which he played two seasons for Crvena Zvezda.

He won the 2018 ABA SuperCup as well as the ABA League and the Serbian League in 2019. Ojo was a free agent this summer. Ojo had been without a club since June 30 but was training with Red Star.

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