Saturday , Oct , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks center Collier dies

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network)- Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died Saturday
morning, the team announced. He was 28.

The 7-0, 260-pound Collier died of a heart attack, according to The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution. The paper reported Collier experienced chest pains and
his wife, Katie, performed CPR and called 911.

Collier played in Atlanta’s preseason win over Charlotte on Wednesday and
contributed six points and two rebounds in 16 minutes. The Hawks canceled
practice on Saturday.

“Jason and his family are first and foremost in our prayers during this
difficult time,” Hawks executive vice president and general manager Billy
Knight said in a statement. “Jason was a devoted family man who deeply loved
his wife Katie, daughter Elezan (Ella), his parents and siblings. He was also
a tremendous friend to the Hawks employees who spent time with him, and a
hard-working and dedicated teammate to many NBA players over his five seasons
in the league. We will truly miss Jason’s personality and his spirit, and he
will be in the thoughts and minds of our team and organization forever.”

The Georgia Tech product played his first three seasons in the NBA with
Houston, averaging 3.5 points and 2.4 boards in 61 games. Collier was entering
his third year with the Hawks.

He played a career-high 70 games (44 starts) last season and posted 5.7 points
and 2.6 rebounds per contest.

Collier was selected 15th overall by Milwaukee in the 2000 NBA Draft, but his
rights and a draft pick were dealt to the Rockets on June 28, 2000 for center
Joel Przybilla.

The Springfield, Ohio native signed with Atlanta as a free agent on July 14,
2004. He had a daughter, Elezan.