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November 21, 1965|
|Died||July 27, 1993
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Paul Laurence Dunbar
|NBA Draft||1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,902 (17.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,938 (4.3 rpg)|
|Assists||1,153 (2.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Early life 
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Lewis attended high school at Dunbar High School, where he played basketball alongside NBA players Muggsy Bogues, David Wingate, and Reggie Williams. The 1981-82 Dunbar Poets finished the season at 29-0 during Lewis' junior season and finished 31-0 during his senior season, and were ranked first in the nation by USA Today. Lewis attended Northeastern University in Boston. His uniform number was retired and hangs in tribute in Matthews Arena (the home of Northeastern University's men's basketball team and the Celtics' original home arena in 1946).
Boston Celtics 
He averaged 20.8 points per game in each of his last two seasons with the Celtics, and finished with a career average of 17.6 points per contest.
His #35 jersey was retired by the Celtics as a memorial to him, making him one of only two Celtics to have a retired number without winning a championship. The other was Ed Macauley, who did win a championship with the St. Louis Hawks in 1958 and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Death and legacy 
Lewis suffered sudden cardiac death on the basketball court at an off-season practice on July 27, 1993 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was only 27 years old. Lewis had shown symptoms of heart problems in the preceding months (including collapsing during the opening game of their first-round playoff series with the Charlotte Hornets), and the cause of his death was subsequently attributed to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a structural heart defect that is considered the most common cause of death in young athletes. James Crowley, a Brandeis University police officer who happened upon the gym on a routine patrol, and another Brandeis University police officer attempted to revive Lewis by using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but they were unsuccessful.
Following Lewis' death, it was alleged that Lewis had used cocaine, and that drug use may have been a contributing factor in his death. While a doctor who performed the autopsy on Lewis testified that the scarring on his heart was inconsistent with cocaine use, two other physicians who conducted a post-mortem examination of Lewis' heart "found scarring that they described as 'consistent with a cocaine cardiomyopathy' -- a cocaine-damaged heart." Multiple physicians have expressed skepticism regarding the listed cause of death--"adenovirus 2 -- a common virus that causes the common cold." The Wall Street Journal reported that physicians "suspected that cocaine killed Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis...but they were thwarted by actions by his family and a 'dismissive' policy toward drugs by the NBA." The Boston Celtics responded by expressing sadness about the "vicious attack on Reggie Lewis and his family," and threatened "to file a $100 million lawsuit against the reporter, the Wall Street Journal and its parent company, Dow Jones and Co. Inc."
After Lewis' death, the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center was opened in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The center was funded partially by Lewis and routinely hosts major indoor track and field competitions, the Boston Indoor Games, home basketball games for Roxbury Community College, and Northeastern University track and field events.
On March 22, 1995 the Boston Celtics retired Lewis' jersey. Lewis had worn the number 35 for his entire career. During the ceremony, former teammate Dee Brown made a speech while two other former teammates, Sherman Douglas and Xavier McDaniel, held up Lewis' framed jersey.
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