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MANILA, Philippines – A staff of the Dominican Republic crew that competed in the FIBA World Cup co-hosted by the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia has died.
The team announced on Wednesday, September 6, that physiotherapist Bladimir Regalado suffered a heart attack on the flight back from the Philippines.
“We are deeply sorry for this loss and send our condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones,” the Seleccion Dominicana de Baloncesto wrote on Facebook.
“Bladimir Regalado was a fundamental pillar in the team, dedicated and passionate about his work. Peace to your soul.”
Members of the squad, including Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, mourned the death of Regalado.
“This one hurts,” Towns wrote on Instagram.
Dominican big man Angel Delgado remembered Regalado as the “most cheerful person.”
“I will never be able to pay you back for everything brother,” Delgado wrote on Instagram. “You gave me your friendship, you made me part of your family, and I will thank you for all my life.”
Unbeaten in the group stage against Gilas Pilipinas, Italy, and Angola, the Dominican Republic dropped its two classification games against Serbia and Puerto Rico as it bowed out of contention and finished 14th. – Rappler.com