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HS Basketball Coach, Former CBB Player Has Died

Two basketballs ahead of the Final Four.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 29: A detail of NCAA Official Wilson basketballs are seen racked up on the court prior to Oregon playing against Louisville during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Mascoutah high school boy's basketball coach and former St. Louis University basketball player Justin Love died on Tuesday morning. He was 41 years old.

Love was found unresponsive at St. Clair high school's campus around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, per Paul Halfacre of STL High School Sports. He was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital. No further details have been released as to the cause of death.

Love had a successful career at St. Louis University playing under coaches Charlie Spoonhour and Lorenzo Romar. He was a star for the Billikens. Love averaged 18.2 points per game in the 1999-00 season, good for fourth in the Conference USA that season.

Love signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Phoenix Suns after a successful collegiate career. The former St. Louis guard ended up playing professional basketball overseas for 12 years.

Love was hired by Mascoutah High to be the boy's basketball head coach in 2017. He went 55-42 as the team's head coach. Mascoutah director of athletics Scott Battas is in disbelief following Love's sudden death. He called Coach Love a "genuine man, who led with passion and joy" in a heartbreaking message on Tuesday. You can find Battas' message in the tweet below.

Love clearly had a massive impact in both the St. Louis University and Mascoutah High communities. He will always be remembered by his positive attitude and incredible run with the St. Louis men's basketball team two decades ago.