Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojević died Wednesday at age 46 after having a heart attack Tuesday night during a team dinner.
Milojević was hospitalized Tuesday night in Salt Lake City, where the team was having dinner before their Wednesday game against the Utah Jazz. He died Wednesday morning, the team said in a statement.
We are absolutely devastated by Dejan’s sudden passing, Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr said in a statement. “This is a shocking and tragic blow for everyone associated with the Warriors and an incredibly difficult time for his family, friends, and all of us who had the incredible pleasure to work with him.”
The Serbian former player was in his third season as an assistant coach with the Warriors, and helped lead the team to their 2022 NBA championship.
In addition to being a terrific basketball coach, Dejan was one of the most positive and beautiful human beings I have ever known, someone who brought joy and light to every single day with his passion and energy, Kerr said. We grieve with and for his wife, Natasa, and their children, Nikola and Masa. Their loss is unfathomable.
Before joining the Warriors, Milojević was the head coach KK Budućnost in the Adriatic League in Montenegro, and served as head coach for KK Mega Basket in Belgrade, Serbia, for eight seasons before that. He was also an assistant coach for the Serbian national team.
The NBA said the game scheduled for Wednesday night between the Warriors and the Jazz would be postponed.
TMX contributed to this article.