05-5-2024, 2:07 PM

Darius Morris, a former Laker, passes away at age 33

Darius Morris, the former Los Angeles Lakers point guard, has passed away at the age of 33.

His family made the announcement of his passing via a statement given to TMZ on Saturday.

"With great sadness we announce the passing of our dearly beloved son, Darius Aaron Morris. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace," the statement read.

According to TMZ, his body was discovered in the Los Angeles area. However, neither the Lakers nor his family has disclosed the cause of his death.

Morris, who was selected by the Lakers in the second round of the 2011 draft, had a career spanning 132 games (17 starts) with the Lakers and four other NBA teams over four seasons. He maintained an average of 3.3 points per game. Following his time in the NBA, he pursued professional basketball in China and France, with his last season being in 2019-20.

John Beilein, Morris' coach, paid tribute to the late point guard in a post on X.

"Saddened to hear about the passing of former Wolverine Darius Morris. In 2010-11 Darius was our starting pt gd. He was a leader in that program changing 21 win season that laid the foundation for Michigan's next decade of success. RIP DMo and condolences to the Morris family."

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