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Former North Carolina Tar Heels basketball star Ademola Okulaja died Tuesday, the university confirmed.
The cause of death of the outstanding player of 46 years was not reported.
“Carolina Basketball is saddened to learn of the recent and untimely passing of Tar Heel forward Ademola Okulaja (1995-99) at age 46,” UNC wrote on Twitter.
The 6-foot-9 forward played with Vince Carter and Antwan Jamison under legendary trainer Dean Smith from 1995 to 1999.
The three would lead UNC to two Final Fours, including in Coach Smith’s final season.
“This is so painful…, we are going to miss you my child. RIP,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “I am praying for his children and his family. Without a doubt you have touched the lives of many with
Okulaja was a 1,000 point scorer in his Tar Heel days. He received All-ACC first team honors and won the Most Valuable Player award during his senior year.
Okulaja played professionally in Europe and led Germany in two FIBA World Cup tournaments, including in 2002 when he teamed with Dirk Nowitzki to help Germany win bronze in Indianapolis.