(Fort Wayne, Indiana) — Caleb Swanigan, a former Homestead and Purdue standout who rose from homeless to NBA player, has died. He was 25.
Swanigan died of natural causes, according to the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
Swanigan, who was chosen in the first round by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2017, had not been in the NBA since late in the 2019-2020 season. He was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball after leading Homestead to its first and only state championship in 2015. He then attended Purdue University before entering the NBA draught.
Swanigan, who was homeless as a youngster before being adopted, earned a diploma in Educational History from Purdue. He also assisted in the organisation of a homelessness fundraising and released songs in 2019.
After news of Swanigan’s death broke early Tuesday, many expressed their condolences on social media. Tuesday, the words “Swanigan” and “Biggie” were trending on Twitter.