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 Statement regarding the loss of AU student athlete 

Lamar Jack, an Anderson University basketball player, passed away shortly before 11am today at AnMed Hospital in Anderson. The 19-year old from Piedmont, South Carolina was a redshirt freshman forward on the AU basketball team. He collapsed during routine pre-season workouts on the Anderson campus Friday morning and had been hospitalized since that time. He was the son of Karen and Patrick Jack of Piedmont. The following is the statement released by President Evans P. Whitaker to the Anderson campus this morning. 

Dear Campus Family:

It is with great sadness that I share with you that our beloved student, Lamar Jack, passed away just a short time ago.

Our hearts ache for Lamar’s parents and sister, and his larger family and circle of close friends. 

He was a fine young man, appreciated and loved by many in our campus family, especially his teammates on the Men’s Basketball Team.  His death is a great and deeply hurtful loss to our campus.

Lamar knew our Lord and Savior and we are encouraged by the confidence that we will one day see him again.

I want to thank all of you who have wept and prayed for Lamar over the last few days.  His family has been aware of your concern and they are very grateful.  Your kindness and compassion have made a meaningful difference. 

Please continue to lift the family and the basketball team members up to our Lord, asking for His tender mercies upon them in this difficult hour and their challenging journey ahead.

When we know more about plans, we will share that information with you.  At the appropriate time, we will call the campus together to honor Lamar’s life and his contributions to our campus.


Evans P. Whitaker, Ph.D.





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