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Brent Darby Death Comes Too Soon As Former Buckeye Passes Away At Age 30

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The Ohio St. Buckeyes family lost another member when former men's basketball standout Brent Darby passed away on Tuesday. The 30-year-old's death apparently stemmed from blood clots in his legs, possibly stemming from heart surgery earlier this year.

Darby played at Ohio State from 1999-2003, averaging 18.3 points during his senior season, and then took his profession overseas through the 2009-10 season during a career that includes stops in Italy, Poland, Israel and France.

The Columbus Dispatch confirmed Darby's death through his former teammates.

Another former OSU player, Neshaun Coleman, said he learned from one of Darby's former in-laws this morning that Darby had been hospitalized last night with blood clots in his legs, possibly the result of complications from heart surgery he had undergone earlier this year.

Michael Redd, a former teammate of Darby's, released the following statement through the Buckeyes.

"I'm devastated at the news. Brent's legacy will be that he was known as a great person first and foremost while also being a great player. I just feel horrible for his family, especially his children. He was so fun to be around. He will be missed."

Funeral arrangements are pending, according to the Buckeyes website.

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