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Former Illinois Basketball player Robert Archibald passes away

Arch was 39.

Robert Archibald portrait Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/ Getty Images

Robert Archibald, a former basketball player at the University of Illinois, has passed away at the age of 39, per a tweet from the team.

There is no cause of death currently.

Archibald was born in Scotland in 1980 and played four seasons with the Illini from 1998-2002. He became the first Scottish player to play in the NBA after being selected with the No. 32 pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. Archibald played with the Grizzlies, Suns, Magic and Raptors during his short NBA career.

As a senior with the Illini, Archibald averaged 10.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds while leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage.

Our thoughts are with the Archibald family at this time.

Here’s response from the Twitter community.