Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevic has died on the age of 46 after struggling a coronary heart assault, the NBA crew has confirmed.
Serbian Milojevic fell ailing at a non-public crew dinner on Tuesday and was taken to hospital in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah.
The Warriors said, external that “regardless of life-saving efforts”, Milojevic handed away late on Wednesday morning.
Head coach Steve Kerr mentioned his assistant “introduced pleasure and light-weight to each single day together with his ardour”.
Describing the information as a “surprising and tragic blow”, Kerr mentioned Milojevic was “one of the crucial constructive and exquisite human beings” he had ever recognized.
He added: “We grieve with and for his spouse Natasa, and their kids, Nikola and Masa.
“Their loss is unfathomable.”
Writing on X, previously Twitter, the Warriors added that they’re “completely devastated” by Milojevic’s sudden passing.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver mentioned Milojevic was a “beloved colleague and expensive pal to so many within the world basketball neighborhood.”
The previous skilled participant joined Golden State in 2021 and was a part of the teaching workers that led the Warriors to the NBA championship in 2022.
Milojevic, who was born in Belgrade, was a part of the Serbian worldwide crew for 14 years and have become assistant coach of the nationwide aspect in December 2019.
He additionally had a spell as head coach of KK Buducnost within the Adriatic League in Montenegro earlier than his transfer to the US with the Warriors three years in the past.
The Warriors have been as a consequence of play at Utah Jazz on Wednesday, however the NBA postponed the sport when the information of Milojevic’s medical emergency was launched.