Former American-born Lebanese NBA player found dead

jackson-vromanFormer American-born Lebanese NBA player, 6’10 Jackson Vroman was found dead, after reportedly hitting his head and drowning in a pool at his Los Angeles home.

34-year old Vroman was discovered in the pool on June 29.

“We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Jackson Vroman,” the Phoenix Suns wrote on Twitter. “Our thoughts are with his family during this time.”

The NBRPA also extended its condolences due to Vroman’s passing.

The NY Daily News article on Vroman’s death said the former player frequently posted Instagram photos of his off-court activities, from raucous parties with beautiful women.

Son of former NBA player Brett Vroman, Jackson Vroman was the first Iowa State player to lead the Big 12 in rebounding in 24 years. After spending two seasons with the Cyclones, Vroman was a second-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls in 2004.

Vroman, originally drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 2004 NBA draft, played two seasons in the NBA for Phoenix Suns, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Vroman played a total of 87 NBA games (started 20), averaging 3.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg in 12.8 mpg.

Several earlier reports, as well as a tweet from the Lebanese national basketball team, where Vroman was previously a member, had prematurely indicated a vehicular incident as the cause of death.

Following his NBA career, Vroman played basketball abroad in several countries, such as Puerto Rico, China, Philippines, South Korea, Spain.

While playing in the Iranian Basketball Super League for the Mahram Tehran Basketball Club, who won numerous championships in 2009-2010, Vroman was awarded the 2009 Most Valuable Player honor as part of the Asian Championship.

He continued to play professionally overseas until 2014.


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