Dwayne Schintzius, a former first-round pick who spent nine seasons in the NBA, died Sunday afternoon from respiratory failure at the age of 43, The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported.

A 7-foot-2 center, Schintzius led the University of Florida to its first three NCAA tournament appearances. He remains the only SEC player with more than 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 250 assists and 250 blocked shots.

Schintzius was diagnosed with Myelomonocytic Leukemia in 2009 and was declared cancer-free after receiving a successful bone marrow transplant from his younger brother Travis in early 2010.

But further issues required Schintzius to undergo a second bone marrow transplant and he endured months of complications from the procedure leading up to his death.



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