Caleb Swanigan, former NBA player and Purdue star, dies at 25

Caleb Swanigan, a former All-American first team selection for 2016–17, passed away on Monday, according to the university. The death was confirmed by the family.

According to the Allen County Coroner’s Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Swanigan died of natural causes. No other details have been released.

View More

Arrow

Learn More

Swanigan experienced a challenging childhood in Indianapolis. He was one of the six children his mother Tanya was attempting to raise as his father struggled with a crack cocaine addiction.

Arrow

The family spent time in homeless shelters before moving to Utah for a spell, but he returned to attend Homestead High School. As a senior in 2015, Swanigan helped lead the Homestead basketball team to its first state championship in the school's history.

Arrow

"The Purdue basketball family is deeply saddened and devastated at the loss of Caleb Swanigan," Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a statement. "Caleb was a very thoughtful individual and a gentle soul who excelled both on and off the court. He made a huge difference in everyone's lives that he touched and he will be greatly missed."

In his career, he played in 75 total games, and all but 10 were with the Blazers. Swanigan played his final NBA game in 2020, declining to join the COVID-19 bubble team in Florida for personal reasons.

Arrow

Learn More

In late 2020, Swanigan was arrested on a drug charge after police found more than 3 pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop. He pleaded guilty and avoided jail time.

Arrow

Swanigan gained weight, as evidenced by images that appeared during his court hearings. In a 2017 ESPN feature, he acknowledged that obesity and overeating had always been issues for him, in part because of his turbulent childhood and the inability of his family to purchase good food. By the seventh grade, he had gained 360 pounds from eating whatever was available.

NBA, Purdue community mourn Swanigan's death. After news of Swanigan's death broke Tuesday morning, fans and former teammates paid tribute to him on social media.

Floral Pattern
Floral Pattern

Follow us for more  Amazing Stories!