The Portland Trail Blazers announced that video assistant Zach Cooper died unexpectedly at age 32, according to Shams Charania.
“This is a heartbreaking loss for the entire Trail Blazers family,” said President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. “Zach was a positive spirit, a timeless worker and an outstanding teacher.”
“I am devastated by the news of Zach’s passing,” said head coach Terry Stotts. “He was a valued member of our staff, but more importantly, he was an outstanding young man who everyone loved and appreciated.”
Players including Jusuf Nurkic, Nassir Little and CJ McCollum also shared their condolences via Twitter:
Cooper was in his first season with the Trail Blazers.
He also previously worked as the Director of scouting and video for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.
Cooper’s death was not related to the coronavirus, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic, as his cause of death remains unknown.