Michael Ojo aka Michael Olalekan Ojo was born on January 5, 1993, and from Lagos, Nigeria. He was a Nigerian-American professional basketball player and was one of the tallest and heaviest players ever to play in Serbia and Europe.
He passed away on August 7, 2020, and he was 27 years old during his time of death. On Friday, Ojo collapsed during training in Serbia, his former team Red Star Belgrade said. Furthermore, he was rushed to the hospital in the Serbian capital but pronounced dead.
Red Star said in a statement “The sudden and shocking death has deeply shaken everyone in the club,” and according to the source, he was tested positive for the coronavirus, but also that he had recovered. Local media reported that he died of a heart attack.
Sam Lunt, the former associate director of sports medicine for men’s basketball at FSU, told the Tallahassee Democrat “I am devastated,” and “I used to bring him to the house for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Loved that guy.”
Later, Mark Zeigler, a faculty member at Florida State Tweeted “Michael Ojo. Rest in Peace my good friend,” and added “You brought joy to all of us in the Seminole family. Thank you for your great work in class and on the court. Thank you for being so good to your classmates. This one has knocked the wind out of me, friends.”
He graduated in 2017, was playing professionally for Partizan in Serbia. Then, after going undrafted in 2017, Ojo moved to Europe where he started his professional basketball career with FMP Belgrade.
Later, he signed with the regional Adriatic League champions, Red Star Belgrade, where he was hugely popular among the club’s fans in 2018.
Ojo averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in the ABA league and 4.1 points and 3 rebounds in the EuroLeague with Red Star. Furthermore, the Belgrade club released him at the end of this season, and Ojo was believed to be looking for another team in Europe.
The 7-foot-1 Ojo was born in Nigeria before coming to the United States to finish high school and land a scholarship to Florida State. He went on to start 78 games for the Seminoles during his college career and became a fan favorite known for his high character and friendliness.
Ojo wore shoe size 21 and Nike reportedly had to spend $15,000 on a machine to create a size to fit him while he played college basketball in Florida.
Talking about his education he graduated from FSU with his bachelor’s degree in international affairs.
How old was Michael Ojo? He was born on January 5, 1993, and from Lagos, Nigeria, he was 27 years old during his time of death.
However, there is not much information about his father, mother, and siblings.
He stands 7 ft 1 inch tall and weighs around 140KG.