Former Celtic Fab Melo passes away at 26

Former Syracuse University and Boston Celtics center Fab Melo has died in his native Brazil, military police said Sunday. He was 26.

An emergency call Saturday night brought police and paramedics to Melo's house in Juiz de Fora, in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. When the police arrived, paramedics said Melo was dead, with no signs of violence.

The 7-foot Melo was a star at Syracuse and was named Big East defensive player of the year as a sophomore.

Melo was a first-round draft pick in 2012 by the Boston Celtics, but he played only six games for the Celtics spending most of the season in the NBADL.

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