University of Southern Indiana Basketball Player Dies

Jeron Lewis sustained a head injury and went into convulsions during a game.

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University of Southern Indiana basketball player Jeron Lewis died Thursday night after witnesses said he hit his head on the basketball court during Southern Indiana's game at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky. The cause of death has not been determined.

The 21-year-old Lewis was reportedly convulsing as trainers tried to secure him, according to an ESPN.com report. Southern Indiana's student newspaper, the Shield, reports that Lewis had been with the team for two years. Lewis is survived by his fiancee; a son who was born in December; and his mother.

"The university community is heartbroken with the passing of this outstanding young man," USI President Linda L. M. Bennett said in a statement. "Jeron was an excellent example of a student athlete who strove to be the best that he could be. He will be truly missed, not only by his teammates, but by the university community. Our prayers are with Jeron's family in their time of need."

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