A Nigerian basketball player at Bluefield State College Timeyin Amatossero-KeKe has passed on after collapsing during a pickup basketball game.
According to WVNSTV, 25-year-old Amatossero-Keke passed away Monday evening while he was playing basketball with his friends.
Amatossero-Keke bent over to tie his shoe when he collapsed, a spokesperson with the university said.
He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The Big Blues Men’s Basketball team took to Twitter to announce his passing. It wrote:
It is with a heavy heart this morning that we ask for prayers for our basketball and athletic family. Last night we tragically lost one of our very own. Timeyin Amatossero-KeKe. Timeyin was sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria and had a passion for our program and his teammates.
“Timeyin had a strong mind and just wanted a chance to play collegiate basketball. We ask that at this time you all keep his family and our student-athletes in your thoughts as we deal with this difficult time. Thank you,” the team added in a Facebook post.