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Former Duke basketball player Phil Henderson, 44, dies

Posted February 18, 2013

— Former standout Duke University basketball player Phil Henderson, 44, has died in the Philippines, according to Duke alumnus Seth Davis of CBS Sports. A former teammate, Robert Brickey, said officials there told him Henderson died of cardiac arrest.

Brickey posted a message on Facebook saying he was "deeply saddened by the loss of my friend, roommate and teammate Phil Henderson ... Keep his family in prayer."

In a statement issued Monday, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said, "Our hearts go out to his mom and family. Phil was a talented player and a good man with a gentle soul. We will miss him dearly."

Henderson played at Duke from 1986-90, starting in three Final Fours. He played in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat before moving to Manila to establish the Filipino Basketball Academy.

Riz Valerie Martin, who told WRAL News that she is Henderson's girlfriend, said she found him unresponsive in his apartment and could not revive him. Martin said Henderson's children were asleep inside the apartment at the time.

Duke basketball player Phil Henderson Former Duke basketball player Phil Henderson dies

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  • foghat001 Feb 19, 12:45 p.m.

    Prayers for his family and friends. That said I have been to the Philippines many times and... View More

    — Posted by troy89121

    You've obviously never been to Russia. And the Philippines are Eden compared to some of the Balkan states.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 19, 9:47 a.m.

    Gone too soon. Condolences to Henderson's family and of course his Duke family.

  • evadbbat Feb 18, 10:17 p.m.

    Shocking news,such a shame.

  • heelsforever Feb 18, 9:19 p.m.

    Wow, just can't believe it. So sad for anyone to go at such a young age.

  • Elvisisdead Feb 18, 3:49 p.m.

    Very sad. R.I.P.

  • troy89121 Feb 18, 3:45 p.m.

    Prayers for his family and friends. That said I have been to the Philippines many times and there isn't a more corupt society from police included. Unless he had a known heart condition then an investigation needs to be done. The number of expats and foreigners done in by wives, girlfriends or others boggles the mind. With the Philippines even if he did have a heart condition I'd investigate.

  • hpr641 Feb 18, 3:13 p.m.

    "He played in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat before moving to Manila to establish the Filipino Basketball Academy."

    With 3 strong and established programs in our area (4 if you don't think Wake Forest is too far away to be counted), it's easy to forget that most of the recruits to our big schools' basketball teams are really classy guys off the court.

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Feb 18, 12:56 p.m.

    Phil's dunk on Alonzo Mourning brought me off the couch and spilled my chips...If you haven't... View More

    — Posted by cleet23

    one of the best Duke dunks ever.

    — Posted by Leave it to Beaver Reruns

    Yep, that one has always been on my highlight reel. I remember when he was a freshman coming in the game and started immediately nailing outside jumpers. I was thinking then, this kid is going to be special.

    RIP
    My prayers are with the Henderson family.

  • mxteam44 Feb 18, 12:41 p.m.

    Way too soon to leave us! Prayers for the family.

  • 4tarheels Feb 18, 12:28 p.m.

    Very sad, prayers to his family and friends.

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