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Keon Lawrence death: Newark mourns death of former Seton Hall player and high school basketball standout

Keon Lawrence, former Seton Hall Pirates player
Keon Lawerence has died at 32. Pic credit: Jersey Express/YouTube

Keon Lawrence, former Seton Hall Pirates player, and Weequahic High School standout, has died at the age of 32.

The cause of death was not immediately revealed, but according to a statement posted on fan Facebook page called Newark Boy’s High School Basketball, he was rushed to the hospital on November 28 and was in ICU before he died.

The basketball fan page later confirmed his passing.

“Sorry to announce the passing of Keon Lawrence a tough loss for the City of Newark. A great high school player at Weequahic and went on to play at Missouri and Seton Hall. Rest Easy fella.”

Sorry to announce the passing of Keon Lawrence a tough loss for the City of Newark. A great high school player at Weequahic and went on to play at Missouri and Seton Hall. Rest Easy fella

Posted by Newark Boy’s High School Basketball on Friday, November 29, 2019

Keep Former Weequahic Star Keon Lawrence in your prayers, he was rushed to the hospital yesterday and is currently in ICU

Posted by Newark Boy’s High School Basketball on Thursday, November 28, 2019

Tributes pour in on Twitter

Following news of his passing, members of Essex County communities in the State of New Jersey and fans across the country have been paying tribute and expressing condolences on social media.

Who was Keon Lawrence?

Keon Lawrence, a native of Newark, New Jersey, was born on October 1, 1987.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 177-pound shooting guard established a reputation as an elite scorer at Weequahic High School, Newark, New Jersey. After graduating from Weequahic in 2005, he played with the Missouri Tigers. During his two years at Missouri, he averaged about 11 points per game.

After he left Missouri, he sat out a year before entering Seton Hall. During his senior year at Seton Hall, he was suspended from the team after “a violation of team rules and an ongoing pattern of conduct unbecoming of a representative of Seton Hall athletics,” according to Bleacher Report.

According to NJ.com, the Seton Hall Pirates suspended Lawrence, then 22 years old, after he was involved in an accident on the Garden State Parkway. He was charged with DUI on a suspended license. The accident happened after he went the wrong way in the southbound express lane in Sayreville. Another driver suffered injuries in the crash.

Lawrence was undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft and remained an unrestricted free agent.

He later left for Norway where he played in the Norwegian Basketball Premier League for Tromsø Storm (2014-2019).


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