Twitter Mourns As Nigerian Basketballer, 25, Collapses Suddenly, Dies In US

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The family and friends of a 25-year-old Nigerian basketball player, Timeyin Amatossero-Keke, have been thrown into mourning after he suddenly collapsed and died during a game in his school in Bluefield, West Virginia, United States.

According to officials of Bluefield State College, the young basketball player was playing in an open gym game on Monday night when he knelt down to retie his shoes after finishing a play.

But that was the last kneel of his life as he suddenly collapsed.

He was then rushed by teammates and officials to the Bluefield Regional Medical Center where all efforts to revive him failed.
“It is with a heavy heart this morning that we ask for prayers for our basketball and athletic family.

“Last night we tragically lost one of our very own, Timeyin Amatossero-KeKe.

“Timeyin was sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria and had a passion for our program and his teammates.

“Timeyin had a strong mind and just wanted a chance to play collegiate basketball.

“We ask that at this time you all keep his family and our student-athletes in your thoughts as we deal with this difficult time. Thank you,” read a statement on the school’s basketball team Facebook page.

WVNS quoted the school’s Athletic Director, John D. Lewis, as saying that Timeyin had the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) among the men’s basketball team and was a committed member of his Bluefield community, despite lacking local roots.

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Meanwhile, many of Timeyin’s friends and associates have taken to Twitter to express their shock and grief at the passing of the young athlete.

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