Zeke Upshaw dies two days after collapsing during G League game

 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject: Zeke Upshaw dies two days after collapsing during G League game

Zeke Upshaw of the G League's Grand Rapids Drive died Monday, two days after he collapsed on the court near the end of a game and was rushed to a hospital. He was 26.

The Drive tweeted a statement from Upshaw's mother, Jewel Upshaw, in which she said her son died Monday morning after "continued efforts from the medical team at Spectrum Health" in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"To family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans & confidants, thank you for your prayers and support during this most difficult time," Jewel Upshaw said in the statement.

Details on a memorial were not announced.

The Drive, who are affiliated with the NBA's Detroit Pistons, said in a statement that Upshaw had a "warm personality and was a tremendous representative of our organization both on and off the court."

Sarah Jbara, a spokeswoman for the Drive, had told MLive.com that Zeke Upshaw tumbled to the floor Saturday night with about 50 seconds remaining in a home game against the Long Island Nets. He was removed from the court on a stretcher and taken to Spectrum Health.

Upshaw had scored 11 points to help the Drive earn a playoff spot with a 101-99 victory in the regular-season finale.

The undrafted Upshaw was in his second season with the Drive. From Chicago, the 6-foot-6 swingman played three seasons at Illinois State and finished his college career with a year at Hofstra.



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:52 am    Post subject:

what a tragedy. RIP
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject:

Damn. RIP to Zeke Upshaw and condolences to his family.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject:

Wow. I wonder what happened. Quite sad.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:40 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:25 pm    Post subject:

https://nba.nbcsports.com/2018/05/30/mother-of-minor-leaguer-who-collapsed-during-game-then-died-is-suing-nba-pistons-ownership-of-grand-rapids-drive-arena/

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Mother of minor-leaguer who collapsed during game then died is suing NBA, Pistons, ownership of Grand Rapids Drive, arena


While playing for the Pistons’ minor-league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, Zeke Upshaw collapsed on the court then later died. An autopsy revealed he had sudden cardiac death.

The Pistons mourned his tragic passing.

Now, comes the real-world fallout.

Statement from a law firm representing Upshaw’s mother, Jewel Upshaw:

Attorneys Crump and Hilliard and plaintiff Jewel Upshaw, Zeke’s mother, will announce a wrongful death lawsuit that will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Of New York. In the final minute of a game on March 24, Zeke Upshaw crumpled face-down on the court in full cardiac arrest. Despite this undeniable dire situation, no life-saving measures were attempted, no CPR was initiated and no defibrillator was used.

Defendants in the case will include the National Basketball Association, the Detroit Pistons Basketball Company and SSJ Group, owners of the Grand Rapids Drive, and the Deltaplex Arena, where the game was held.
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