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Hank Gathers

Basketball Player

Died when: 23 years 21 days (276 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius


Hank Gathers

Eric Wilson "Hank" Gathers Jr. (February 11, 1967 – March 4, 1990) was an American college basketball player for the Loyola Marymount Lions in the West Coast Conference (WCC).

As a junior in 1989, he became the second player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding in the same season.

Gathers was a consensus second-team All-American as a senior in 1990.His No. 44 was retired by the Lions, who also placed a statue of him in his honor outside their home arena Gersten Pavilion.

Gathers began his college career with the USC Trojans, but transferred with teammate Bo Kimble to Loyola Marymount after his freshman year.

Playing under Lions coach Paul Westhead and his fast-paced system, Gathers was a three-time first-team All-WCC selection.In his first season at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), he earned the first of two consecutive most valuable player (MVP) honors in the WCC Tournament.

As a junior, he was named the WCC Player of the Year and began receiving All-American recognition.Early in his senior year in 1989–90, Gathers was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat after he collapsed during a game.

He was placed on medication and returned a few weeks later, but he initially struggled, which he attributed to his medication.

The dosage was gradually decreased, and his play recovered.Gathers died at age 23 after collapsing for the second time that season during the semifinals of the 1990 WCC Tournament.

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