Armen Gilliam dies from heart attack while playing basketball.
Former NBA and UNLV forward Armen Gilliam died Tuesday night of a heart attack at the age of 47, Pittsburgh’s WTAE.
Gilliam suffered the heart attack while playing basketball at a gym in Collier Township near Pittsburgh, according to the report. He was later pronounced dead upon arriving at St. Clair Hospital.
The Phoenix Suns selected Gilliam with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft. Gilliam also played for the Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz. He retired in 2000.
He was on the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels team that went to the Final Four in 1987.
“I’m all shook up,” former college coach Jerry Tarkanian told the Las Vegas Sun. “He was such a great person. He would take the shirt of his back for you.”