Professional Athlete Dies at Age 26 After Collapsing During Game

March 26, 2018

Professional basketball player, Zeke Upshaw, a forward for the Grand Rapids Drive, passed away Monday morning. He was 26 years old. The Drive is an affiliate with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.


“After continued efforts from the medical team at Spectrum Health, Zeke made his transition at 11:16 am," The Drive announced from Upshaw's mother, Jewel, via Twitter. "To family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans & confidants, thank you for your prayers and support during this most difficult time,” the team posted."


Two days ago, during the final minute of the Drive's final game of their regular season against the Long Island Nets, Upshaw collapsed to the floor. With his stomach facing down, the medical team rushed to his aid.

Later, he was lifted onto a stretcher and immediately taken to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. He spent Sunday and Monday there where he later died.


“Details of his memorial will be announced at a later date. We’d like to thank the many doctors and nurses at Spectrum Health for their efforts in caring for our son. We’d also like to thank the Drive for the support they have extended to our family.”


Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this difficult time.

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