Nigerian Basketball player Michael Olalekan Ojo tragically passed away on Friday after suffering a heart attack while having an individual training practice at the Partizan Belgrade indoor hall in Serbia.
Ojo was said to have collapsed and was rushed in an ambulance to the hospital, but he had sadly died before the doctors could do anything to try and remedy the situation.
“With big sadness BC Crvena zvezda inform that our former player Michael Ojo passed away in Belgrade. He was 27 years old. Great member of our club, champion, great teammate, great man…Rest in peace, Michael.” His former club said in a statement.
The 7 ft 1 Center played two seasons for the Serbian side, Crvena Zvezda, playing over 100 games for them in both their local league and the European competitions.
He was without a club as at June 30 this year, and was having a trials with Partizan Belgrade with the aim of signing a deal with them before the unfortunate incident.
Ojo was initially drafted as one of the players to represent Nigeria at the 2011 AfroBasket championships in Madagascar, but eventually did not make the team.