Syracuse Star Fab Melo died last night at just 26 years of age. The NBA and Syracuse Nation lost a familiar face.

Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim confirmed the death with a couple of tweets.

Most know him for his suspension during the 2011-2012 NCAA season due to Academic reasons, and wiped all of Syracuse’s wins (34) from the record book during that season. “He was a really good kid, and it’s not fair that he will be defined by one thing, a 10-page paper,” Jim Boeheim told ESPN. “He worked his tail off to become a really good player, and he was a nice kid.”Fab Melo Dead at 26

Melo had played in 30 games during his sophomore campaign with the Orange while putting up 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks.

Despite his recent set back, Melo was drafted 22nd overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics where he played just six games. A trade sent him to the Memphis Grizzlies and his NBA career went downwards from there.He had been demoted to the Maine Red Claws (D-League) where he was awarded All-Rookie First Team as well as All-Defensive First Team in 2013.

Melo was reported dead at his family’s residence in Brazil. He reportedly went to sleep Friday night and did not wake up Saturday morning. The cause of death is unfortunately unknown. He only spent a short time with the Celtics, but Clipper’s Small Forward Paul Pierce sent his condolences via twitter:

Melo had been a five star recruit coming out of high school in 2010 where he was a McDonalds All American being scouted by top schools like Syracuse, connecticut, Florida, Kansas, etc. Melo signed with Brazilian club Athletico Paulistano for the 2014-15 campaign in hopes to revamp his career. The 26 year old Center left the world way to soon. He will be missed!

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