Former Trail Blazers player Caleb Swanigan dies

Caleb Swanigan, who played in the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings, has died at the age of 25. 

The Allen County Coroners Office confirmed to local news outlet WANE 15 that Swanigan had died of natural causes.

The world lost a gentle soul last night. Love you Biggie,” wrote Purdue, his college team, on Twitter. 

Swanigan had an unsettled childhood and spent time in homeless shelters before he was adopted by former Detroit Lions star Roosevelt Barnes. 

Swanigan had struggled with his weight growing up, but Barnes encouraged him to pursue his talent as a basketball player 

Swanigan last played in the NBA for Portland in the 2019-20 season.

Alongside his basketball career at Purdue, Swanigan was an excellent student and graduated with a diploma in educational history. 

Over his three-year NBA career, Swanigan had two stints with the Trail Blazers; he also played for the Sacramento Kings.