Ex-Arizona star Michael Wright dies at age 35

The Arizona Wildcats family was struck by some tragic news on Wednesday, when it was reported that former basketball star Michael Wright, who played for the program from 1998-2001, had died at the age of 35.

Farragut High School coach Wolf Nelson passed the news along to the Chicago Tribune.

Farragut coach Wolf Nelson has confirmed that Michael Wright died last night. He was 35. Played at Arizona, was drafted by Knicks in 2001.

— Michael O'Brien (@michaelsobrien) November 11, 2015

There is very little information on Wright’s death, but police have said he was a “victim” in the case which indicates there may have been foul play involved in his death.

Arizona expressed their condolensces on social media.

Very saddened by the news of former Wildcat Michael Wright's passing. He and his family are in our thoughts. #RIP pic.twitter.com/EE5N0DW2I5

— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) November 11, 2015

Wright eventually went on to be drafted by the New York Knicks, before spending time overseas in Poland and Turkey.

Campus Sports would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Wright’s family and friends as they deal with this difficult time, and we will update the story with more information as it becomes available.

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