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Nigerian student at U.S University dies during Pickup Basketball Game



Timeyin Amatossero-KeKe

A Nigerian basketball player at Bluefield State College Timeyin Amatossero-KeKe has passed on after collapsing during a pickup basketball game.

According to WVNSTV, 25-year-old Amatossero-Keke passed away Monday evening while he was playing basketball with his friends.

Amatossero-Keke bent over to tie his shoe when he collapsed, a spokesperson with the university said.

He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The Big Blues Men’s Basketball team took to Twitter to announce his passing. It wrote:

It is with a heavy heart this morning that we ask for prayers for our basketball and athletic family. Last night we tragically lost one of our very own. Timeyin Amatossero-KeKe. Timeyin was sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria and had a passion for our program and his teammates.

“Timeyin had a strong mind and just wanted a chance to play collegiate basketball. We ask that at this time you all keep his family and our student-athletes in your thoughts as we deal with this difficult time. Thank you,” the team added in a Facebook post.

Photo Credit: Big Blues BasketBall


  1. omomo

    August 28, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    what could have happened to him???…sad


    August 28, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Where is Bluefield State College located in the US? I am surprised no postings indicated where this university is located.

    • Adeleke

      August 30, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Bluefield State is in West Virginia. I attended college in WV as well, about 30 Miles away from Bluefield so I know the place very well, went to a couple of their college frat parties. Sad though

  3. seriously

    August 28, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    It’s quite scary how young people are dropping dead, if not droppingbut just dying nowadays. I’m not certain it’s always been this way and we are more aware of it now due to media or it increased over the years.
    How ironic that people seem happier now than before but it seems to be more internal problems. You will see a young man or lady who is well achieved, seem genuinely happy only to hear they committed suicide.

  4. Lol

    August 28, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    HOCM – hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is relatively common amongst young black athletes. It leads to arrhythmias in these young guys. It seems the genes that gives us great muscle mass also has a predilection for the heart. May he rest in peace..amen. His relatives should also have an echocardiogram scan of their heart. If young black guys are complaining of palpitations…it should be taken seriously and they should be checked for this.

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