‘Awful news’: Basketball world in shock over devastating tragedy

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The basketball world is mourning the tragic death of St Louis University men’s assistant coach Ford Stuen.

He was just 29.

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Stuen had been hospitalised since early April after falling ill near the end of the 2020-21 college basketball season.

According to KSDK, Stuen had complained of stomach pains and was diagnosed with an infection and treated with antibiotics.

He was reportedly even put into a medically-induced coma at one point, but never recovered.

Stuen is survived by his wife Courtney and step-daughter Lucy.

Tragically, Courtney is pregnant with a boy due in August.

“Words cannot begin to express the pain and sorrow we are all experiencing right now,” SLU athletic director Chris May said in a statement.

“Everyone associated with our program knew Ford as someone who was fully invested in working for the betterment of our student-athletes.

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