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Golden State Warriors coach, Dejan Milojevic, age 47, died suddenly in Salt Lake City

Current and former NBA players are reacting to the death of a Golden State Warriors assistant coach.

Dejan Milojevic died in Salt Lake City Wednesday, the Deseret News reported. He was hospitalized Tuesday night after arriving in Utah for a game against the Utah Jazz.

Milojevic suffered a “sudden and serious health issue” during a team dinner at a restaurant Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Before news broke of Milojevic’s death, the NBA announced it was postponing the Jazz-Warriors game.

How the NBA is reacting to Dejan Milojevic’s death

Warriors guard Brandin Podziemski was the first Golden State player to pay tribute to Milojevic on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“You changed my life in such a short time. The most important thing you ever told me was to just smile! Your joy and laughs will forever be missed. Shine down on us from heaven. Rest In Peace Dejan Milojević,” he tweeted.

The Utah Jazz’s own Lauri Markkanen was quick to share his support for Milojevic’s family and the Warriors, who the Jazz were supposed to play Wednesday.

“Awful news today,” he tweeted. “My deepest condolences to Coach Milojevic’s family and the Warriors organization.”

Jazz owner Ryan Smith tweeted his support, and the Utah Jazz shared a statement on X.

“Our hearts go out to Milojevic family and the entire Warriors organization,” Jazz owner Ryan Smith tweeted.

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Image: Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevic stands on the court before an NBA preseason basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in San Francisco on Oct. 14, 2022. | Jeff Chiu, Associated Press