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Former NBA Player Clifford Rozier Dies at Age 45

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2018

OAKLAND, CA - 1995: Clifford Rozier #44 of the Golden State Warriors rebounds against the Washington Bullets during a game played circa 1995 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1995 NBAE (Photo by Brad Mangin/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Former NBA power forward Clifford Rozier died Friday after suffering a heart attack this week. He was 45.

Rozier's brother, Kobie Rozier, told TMZ Sports the University of Louisville standout went into cardiac arrest Wednesday and died Friday morning in Florida.  

The Florida native started his college career at the University of North Carolina before leaving the Tar Heels after one season to join the Cardinals. There he developed into one of the nation's best players, earning Metro Conference Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons (1992-93 and 1993-94).

His collegiate success led to the Golden State Warriors selecting him with the 16th overall pick in the 1994 draft.

Rozier averaged 4.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 173 NBA appearances with the Warriors, Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves across four seasons.

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