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Former College Basketball Star, NBA Player Clifford Rozier Dies

Louisville's basketball court during a game.

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 25: A general view of the inside of the arena during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Ohio Bobcats at KFC YUM! Center on November 25, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Clifford Rozier, who played at both North Carolina and Louisville and later was a first round pick in the NBA, passed away Friday morning at the age of 45. Rozier, according to TMZ, went into cardiac arrest two days ago.

Kobie Rozier - Clifford's brother - reportedly told TMZ that Clifford had been put on life support in the aftermath of a heart attack. He lost his fight on Friday morning.

Rozier played for North Carolina for two seasons before transferring to Louisville. With the Cardinals, he was a star - averaging 15.7 points per game his junior season and 18.1 points per game his senior season. He wound up being the No. 16 pick overall in the 1994 NBA Draft - landing with the Golden State Warriors.

Rozier played for the Warriors, Raptors and Timberwolves during his career. His last action came during the 1997-1998 season with Minnesota.

Rozier was a 6-foot-11, 245-pound player who was considered a mismatch for most power forwards. In college, he was named a first-team All-American during the 1994 season.

A number of tributes have been posted on social media in response to Rozier's death.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rozier's family and friends.