Former Butler basketball actor Joel Cornette has died in Chicago of healthy causes during a age of 35, his family announced to a university early Tuesday morning.
“This morning, we spoke with a Cornette family, who has reliable that their dear son and brother, Joel, upheld divided early this morning due to healthy causes,” pronounced a matter expelled by Butler University. “They are repelled and ravaged by this news. The Butler family also mourns a detriment of one of a favorite Bulldogs. Additional information will be expelled by a Cornette family as it becomes available. Please join us in gripping a Cornette family in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Cook County coroner pronounced Cornette was found passed in a Chicago unit during 1:02 a.m. Tuesday. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
Cornette, who graduated from Butler in 2003, had 1,100 points, 712 rebounds and 144 blocks as he helped lead a Bulldogs to 3 NCAA contest appearances in his 4 seasons. Butler had a 100-30 record in Cornette’s 4 seasons.
He might be best famous for his mountainous asperse off of a miscarry in a shutting seconds to kick Indiana 66-64 in 2001. The Bulldogs’ feat finished Indiana’s 39-game winning strain in a Hoosier Classic.
“Joel was a unqualified team-first teammate,” Butler AD Barry Collier told ESPN. “He played an critical purpose as a personality and follower of his teammates and a Butler Way. His suggestion and certainty carried a group in his time as a Bulldog. Gone too early, might he rest in peace. We are praying for his family.”
Cornette is a second former Butler standout to die this year. Andrew Smith, a core on Butler’s back-to-back inhabitant runner-up teams in 2010 and 2011, died in Jan during age 25 after a extensive conflict with cancer.
ESPN’s Andy Katz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.