LANE | Former Cardinal Clifford Rozier dies
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two days after suffering a heart attack and being put on life support, one-time U of L All-American Clifford Rozier died Friday in Florida. He was 45.
Rozier, a McDonald's All-American and Florida's Mr. Basketball in High School came to Louisville as a transfer from North Carolina in 1992 and left as a consensus first-team All-American in 1994 after averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds as a senior. He led U of L to back-to-back sweet sixteen appearances and was a two-tie Metro Conference Player of the Year.
Rozier was taken with the 16th overall pick in the first round by Golden State but was out of the league by 1997. He then struggled with mental health problems and drug addiction and was often living on the streets.
His brother confirmed Rozier's death in a facebook post.
“For the last few days my brother big Cliff been fighting for his life after having a heart attack,” Kobie Rozier wrote. “Today he lost his fight. Rest easy big bro and I’ll see you again one day.”
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