OJ Reese Death Dead – OJ Reese Obituary: Cause of Death

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OJ Reese Death Dead – OJ Reese Obituary: Cause of Death

“Very sad news to report as Statesboro senior basketball player OJ Reese passed away today after collapsing during an AAU game outside of Atlanta. Thoughts and prayers to Reese’s family.”

O’jaryn Reese, a rising senior at Statesboro High and a member of the Blue Devil basketball team died Friday afternoon, after passing out in the middle of an AAU game in the Atlanta area.

Reese plays on an AAU team with three other members of the Statesboro basketball team, and they were competing Friday in an AAU tournament in Atlanta. Statesboro coach Marty Holder received a phone call Friday afternoon around 3 pm from a couple of Reese’s teammates who were frantically trying to call his mother.

“Joe Kilcup and Henry Humphries called me around 3 looking for O.J’s mother’s phone number,” Holder said. “They told me that he had fallen out in the middle of a game and was unresponsive. He was breathing while he was on the ground, but some time between the paramedics getting there and him getting to the hospital he passed away.”

Statesboro High Athletics Director Patrick Hill released a statement: “Statesboro High School is shocked and saddened by the news of O.J.’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with O.J.’s family in this difficult time.“

The tournament was actually taking place in Suwanee, about 30 miles from Atlanta. Reese was one of four Blue Devils on the team, which included Kobe Altman, Kilcup and Humphries. The other three players were all still in Atlanta according to Holder.

Holder had a chance to talk with Reese’s mother, as well as Humphries’ mother. He also broke the news to Statesboro assistant coach Horace Harvey. Statesboro head coach Lee Hill remains in East Georgia Regional Medical Center recovering from COVID-19, and had not been informed of the news as of Friday evening.

According to Holder, Reese had never had any health issues.

“It was devastating news,” Holder said. “I just couldn’t believe it when I found out. Our prayers go out to O.J.’s family.”

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