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Grand Rapids Drive’s Zeke Upshaw Dies After Collapsing During Game

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After collapsing during a game Saturday night, Grand Rapids Drive forward, 26-year-old Zeke Upshaw, has passed away.

WZZM 13 reports that Upshaw’s family confirmed his death in a press release on Monday, March 26.

The Grand Rapid’s Drive shared via Twitter that Upshaw’s mother Jewel, said in a statement:

“After continued efforts from the medical team at Spectrum Health, Zeke made his transition at 11:16 a.m. To family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans, and confidants, thank you for all your prayers and support during this most difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time.

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 Grand Rapids Drive for the support they have extended to our family.”

According to MLive, Upshaw collapsed Saturday, March 24th, during the final minute of the Drive’s game against Long Island at the DeltaPlex Arena. He was transported to Spectrum Health.

He been in his second season with the Grand Rapid Drive. Originally from Chicago, Upshaw played three seasons at Illinois State before finishing his college career at Hoftstra.
NBA G League President Malcolm Turner said in a statement,
“The NBA G League family is devastated by the tragic passing of Zeke Upshaw.
Zeke was an outstanding young man whose powerful belief in himself and uncommon perseverance led to a successful professional basketball career. A beloved member of the Grand Rapids Drive, Zeke’s continuous improvement and tireless work ethic were hallmarks of his career. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends and the Drive organization.”

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