Jackson Vroman, a former NBA and international basketball player, was found dead Monday in a swimming pool at his Los Angeles County home, the county coroner's office told multiple media sources. He was 34.
According to the Des Moines Register, an investigator on the case has not finished a preliminary report on the cause of death and an autopsy is scheduled for later this week.
The 6-foot-10 power forward/center out of Iowa State was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round (31st overall) of the 2004 draft, but played for Phoenix and New Orleans during his two NBA seasons. Both the Suns and Pelicans noted his passing Monday afternoon on Twitter:
We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Jackson Vroman. Our thoughts are with his family during this time. pic.twitter.com/wdFemmQkdV— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) June 29, 2015
The Pelicans are deeply saddened by the news of Jackson Vroman’s passing. Our condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) June 30, 2015
Jackson continued playing overseas for several teams, including the Lebanese national team, through last year. The Lebanese team tweeted the apparently erroneous information Monday that the cause of Jackson's death was a car accident.
He was apparently a friend of San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush, who paid tribute to Jackson via Instagram on Monday.
"Love you bro I miss you already can't believe your gone," the former USC great wrote. "I thank God for allowing me to spend time with you on your final days on earth!"
Love you bro I miss you already can't believe your gone I pray that God has mercy on your soul at the gates of Heaven and we meet again in the after life! I promise to continue our vision of Beach Volleyball Thursday's in your honor and I thank God for allowing me to spend time with you on your final days on earth! RIP JAX aka The Gentle Giant #Repost @instajaxon Volleyball w the boys. #goose #maverick #sideout #weaklinkedin #castaway #wilson