For­mer Syra­cuse, Celtics cen­tre Fab Melo dead at 26

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

SAO PAULO - Mil­i­tary po­lice say that for­mer Syra­cuse Univer­sity and Bos­ton Celtics cen­tre Fab Melo has died in his na­tive Brazil. He was 26. A po­lice sergeant who give his name only as Couto says an emer­gency call Satur­day night brought po­lice and paramedics to Melo’s house in Juiz de Fora, in the south­east­ern state of Mi­nas Gerais. Couto says that when the po­lice ar­rived, paramedics said Melo was dead, with no signs of vi­o­lence. The 7-foot Melo was a star at Syra­cuse, though aca­demic is­sues caused him to be de­clared in­el­i­gi­ble for the 2012 NCAA tour­na­ment. He was a first-round pick in 2012 by the Bos­ton Celtics, for whom he played six games, spend­ing most of the sea­son in the NBA De­vel­op­ment League.

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