A former college basketball star and NBA player has tragically died at the age of 45 in what is being called a freak accident.
Galen Young, a former college basketball star for the Charlotte 49ers, has died following a terrible accident.
Charlotte officially announced the news on Saturday.
“The 49ers Basketball family mourns the loss of former standout Galen Young. Young played for the 49ers from 1997-99 and was 1999 C-USA Tournament MVP. Our thoughts and prayers are with Galen’s family at this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Galen,” the program tweeted.
The 49ers Basketball family mourns the loss of former standout Galen Young. Young played for the 49ers from 1997-99 and was 1999 C-USA Tournament MVP. Our thoughts and prayers are with Galen's family at this difficult time.
Rest In Peace, Galen. pic.twitter.com/57c5sVUUel
— Charlotte Men’s Basketball (@CharlotteMBB) June 5, 2021
The Charlotte Observer had some details on Young’s passing:
The circumstances of Young’s death are unusual. According to a tweet Saturday night from the Memphis police department, a vehicle crashed into a house in Memphis on Horn Lake Road. The crash killed Young, who was inside the house at the time. The driver of the vehicle, who was not named, was issued a citation by the officers who responded at 2:42 a.m Saturday. The investigation is ongoing.
Marlon Thomas, Young’s former teammate with the Charlotte 49ers and his friend for more than 30 years, said Saturday afternoon in an interview that Young had been visiting his mother, Gladys, in his Memphis hometown. It was her house that the vehicle crashed into, although Thomas said Gladys Young was unhurt.
This is incredibly tragic news.
So awful reading the details surrounding the death of Galen Young, a Memphian who starred at Charlotte in the late 1990s. He was apparently visiting his mother, sitting at a computer in the front room, when a car crashed into the house and killed him.https://t.co/M6RLkIRPwW
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) June 6, 2021
Young averaged 14.7 points and 7.2 rebounds in his final season at Charlotte. He was a second round NBA Draft pick by the San Antonio Spurs, though he never made it in the league. Instead, he played several years overseas.
Our thoughts are with Young’s friends and family during this tragic time.
May he rest in peace.