NBA: Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojević dies after heart attack

NBA: The Warriors coach was rushed to a Salt Lake City hospital,  but sadly, he did not survive and passed away aged 46.

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NBA: A sudden medical emergency for Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevic on Tuesday night led to the postponement of the game against the Utah Jazz. The Warriors coach was rushed to a Salt Lake City hospital,  but sadly, he did not survive and passed away aged 46.

Dejan Milojević’s cause of death

While details surrounding the nature of Milojevic's death remain undisclosed by the Warriors, European media outlets have reported it to be a cardiac-related issue.

NBA world mourns Milojević’s death

Steve Kerr, head coach of Warriors expressed sorrow at Milojević's sudden demise, and called it a "shocking and tragic blow." 

Meanwhile, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver shared a heartfelt post on social media, mourning the loss.

Silver said, "The NBA mourns the sudden passing of Golden State assistant coach Dejan Milojević, a beloved colleague and dear friend to so many in the global basketball community.  In addition to winning the 2022 NBA championship in his first season with the Warriors and mentoring some of the best players in the world, Dejan had a decorated international playing career and was a distinguished head coach in his native Serbia." 

Who is Dejan Milojevic?

The 46-year-old coach was in his third season with Golden State and played a key role in their 2022 championship win. Dejan Milojevic has a vast coaching resume, having led teams in Serbia and Montenegro served as an assistant coach for the Serbian national team, and even worked with young Nikola Jokic before the reigning NBA MVP's rise to stardom.

Milojevic's basketball journey extended beyond coaching, as he had a successful 14-year career where he claimed three MVP titles in the Adriatic League.

The unexpected turn of events left both teams and fans grappling with concern for Milojevic's well-being. The Utah Jazz announced that tickets for Wednesday's postponed game will be honored for the rescheduled date, once confirmed.