NBA Star Jerome Kersey Dies Unexpectedly at Age 52


Noted basketball star Jerome Kersey passed away at age 52 on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Kersey spent 17 seasons in the NBA and was a beloved player for the Portland Trail Blazers.

The cause of his death has not been released, but Comcast SportsNet Northwest reported that Kersey went in for a routine knee surgery earlier this week.

“Wednesday [he] reportedly told fellow Trail Blazer employees at the team’s Rose Quarter office that he wasn’t feeling well and was going to go home,” the site reported, adding that a source told them Kersey collapsed on the way to his car. There is, however, a conflicting report that he was taken by an ambulance from his home in Lake Oswego to a local hospital.

“Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform,” Blazers’ owner Paul Allen said in a statement to the Washington Post. “My thoughts and condolences are with the Kersey family. He will be missed by all of us. It’s a terrible loss.”

Kersey was a noteworthy small forward on the Portland team. He was originally drafted in 1984. He is survived by his wife Teri and four daughters.



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