So sad, he was only 47:
Lorenzo Charles, whose buzzer-beating dunk gave N.C. State one of college basketball’s greatest upsets and set off a celebration full of iconic images that helped make the NCAA tournament a cultural phenomenon, died Monday in a tour bus accident in Raleigh, N.C.
According to the Associated Press, which quoted Elite Coach general manager Brad Jackson, Charles was driving a company bus on Interstate 40 when the accident occurred. There were no passengers. He was 47. Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue confirmed to AP the bus driver was killed.
Charles played briefly with the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and then spent time in the European professional leagues.
According to AP, police released little about the crash. It said pictures showed the windshield broken out with tree limbs sticking through the window frame. The rear wheels of the bus were on an embankment, leaving the right front tire elevated from the road.
Whittenburg told the AP late Monday: “It’s just an awful day. An awful, awful day.”
R.I.P. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.