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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Celtics center Fab Melo dead at 26; Jose Fernandez estate sued by families of other boat crash victims

02.13.17 at 8:23 am ET

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Women’s college basketball: Texas at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: South Carolina at Connecticut, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Former Celtics and Syracuse center, Fab Melo, was found dead in his home in Brazil on Saturday.

According to reports, Melo went to bed Friday night and was found Saturday morning by his mother. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

“We don’t know the cause yet. It’s so hard right now, so hard to believe. It’s a sad, sad day. He was a really good kid, and it’s not fair that he will be defined by one thing: a 10-page paper,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim to ESPN. He was referring to Melo’s academic ineligibility during his final season at the school. “He worked his tail off to become a really good player and was a nice kid.”

Melo was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year during the two seasons he spent with Syracuse before he was drafted in the first round by the Celtics in 2012. He spent a year with the Celtics before he was traded to the Grizzlies. He then left the NBA in 2014 to play in Brazil.

Current and former Celtics and others around the sports world reacted on social media to Melo’s death.

— The families of two of the men killed in the boat accident that also killed Jose Fernandez are now suing Fernandez’ estate.

The parents of Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Jesus Macias are seeking $2 million each in negligence and personal injury lawsuits.

Fernandez was the owner of the boat but investigators have not determined who was responsible for the crash.

The families of the two other men indicated they would be willing to settle instead of going through a lawsuit, but Fernandez’ family attorney said a settlement is “highly unlikely” at this time, as Fernandez’ girlfriend is due to give birth soon. Fernandez announced his girlfriend’s pregnancy just days before his death.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I made a dumb decision to drive. I thought I was OK and I fell asleep and I think the whole world knows what happened after that. It’s a dumb decision by an individual, you learn from it and move on.” — Michael Floyd, on ESPN Radio talking about his DUI arrest in December

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