Clifford Dixon, a former college and overseas basketball player, and "adopted brother" of NBA superstar Kevin Durant, has been killed. He was just 32.
Dixon was reportedly in the Atlanta area celebrating his birthday at the SL Lounge. Sports Illustratedfound an image from his Instagram account promoting the celebration.
According to Chamblee, Ga. police department, he arrived just after 1 a.m. The report states that Dixon was shot and killed in the parking lot shortly after he arrived.
Clifford Dixon was reportedly close friends with Kevin Durant, and was taken in by Durant's mother as a teenager.
Dixon was one of the many people that Durant shouted out during his famous emotional MVP acceptance speech, after winning the award as member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
From that speech, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“All my friends—Cliff, Charlie, Vernon, Tae, Randy, Ryan—you keep me sane every single day,” he said. “It’s days where I come home upset from a game or a practice, and you just brighten my day up. I thank you guys. Y’all mean the world to me. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all you guys.”
Dixon played college basketball at Western Kentucky for two years, before a brief stint as a professional player in Austria.
Durant has not addressed this tragedy via social media yet. Our thoughts go out to him and everyone else impacted by this.
Authorities are currently conducting an investigation, after the assailant reportedly fled on foot.