Jackson Vroman’s body was discovered on Monday in a swimming pool in his home in Carlifornia. It was believed that the former NBA giant who played for Phoenix and New Orleans may have slipped off the stairs, hit his head and fallen into the pool. The 34 year-old Jackson, was at his home in Los Angeles County, California, on Monday when he drowned, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed.
Vroman played for the Lebanese national team but is a native of Bountiful and the son of Brett Vroman, a former Jazz player.
He signed with Iowa State in 2002 after an All-American career at Snow Community College in Utah, and was regarded as one of the best college players in the U.S. before he was drafted. After successful stints at Snow Community College in Ephraim, Utah, and Iowa State, he was chosen second round by the Chicago Bulls in 2004.
The Phoenix Suns took him No. 31 overall in 2004 after a draft-day trade with the Chicago Bulls, and Vroman was traded a short time later to the then-New Orleans Hornets. He carried on his professional career overseas until 2014 in countries including Spain, Lithuania, Iran, South Korea, The Phillipines and last year, Puerto Rico.
The Utah-born player was friends with a host of celebrities, including pop star Justin Bieber and 49ers running back Reggie Bush. While Justin is yet to comment on Jackson’s tragic death, Reggie posted a photo and heartfelt message on Instagram on June 29.
“Love you bro I miss you already can’t believe your gone I pray that God has mercy on your soul at the gates of Heaven and we meet again in the after life! I promise to continue our vision of Beach Volleyball Thursday’s in your honor and I thank God for allowing me to spend time with you on your final days on earth! RIP JAX aka The Gentle Giant #Repost @instajaxon Volleyball w the boys. #goose #maverick#sideout #weaklinkedin#castaway #wilson.”
The Suns posted a statement on Twitter which read:
‘We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Jackson Vroman. Our thoughts are with his family during this time.’
The New Orleans Pelicans also wrote,
”The Pelicans are deeply saddened by the news of Jackson Vroman’s passing. Our condolences go out to his family during this difficult time”.
However, there were initial claims from other sources that he died in an auto crash. An autopsy has probably been scheduled for later this week to ascertain the exact cause of his death.