Demontz Stitt was a former Clemson Tigers basketball star who was found dead overnight at his Charlotte, North Carolina home. His cause of death is mysterious, but he was only 27 years old. His death was confirmed by Clemson University.
“With heavy hearts today we mourn the passing of Demontez Stitt, just 27 years old. RIP ‘Buddy,’ you will be missed,” Clemson Basketball tweeted.
Here’s a look at Stitt and what we know about his death. Check back here for further updates.
1. Stitt Was Reportedly Found Dead at his Home
2. Stitt Is the Only Player to Start on Four Clemson NCAA Tournament Teams
Stitt was a standout at Clemson, notes TigerNet. He played at the university from 2007 to 2011, starting on four NCAA tournament teams. He made the all-time Clemson men’s basketball team in 2011.
“My heart aches today,” Clemson head coach Brad Brownell, who coached Stitt during his final year there, said in a statement. “Demontez was a true pleasure to coach. I’ll never forget his big smile and competitive spirit. Clemson basketball extends our condolences to his family during this incredibly difficult time.”
3. Stitt Spent His Last Season in Turkey
Stitt spent most of his professional career in Israel, but he moved to Turkey for the 2015-2016 season and played for Gediz Üniversitesi Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü. He averaged 19 points, 4.7 rebounds and five assists per game.
4. He Was Released by Maccabi Haifa After a Drug Arrest
YNet News reports that Stitt was released by Maccabi Haifa after he was arrested for drug possession. Stitt was still on the team in 2014, when they traveled to Sacramento to play the Kings in an exhibition game. Stitt had 17 points in the game, but the Maccabi Haifa lost 91-59.
He also played for Hapoel Tel Aviv, which sent condolences to Stitt’s family on Twitter.
According to Tiger Net, Stitt also played for Belfius Mons-Hainaut, Sigal Prishtina and Fuerza Regia Monterrey.
5. One of His Last Tweets Was ‘Thank you lord!’
Stitt sent out two tweets in the hours before his death. His first message was “Thank you lord!” with three praying emojis. He then wrote “Always room to improve.” He tweeted “Thank you lord” two other times this month.
Members of the Clemson family tweeted their condolences.