US Basketball Player Killed in Romania

Chauncey Hardy attacked by group while celebrating win
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2011 3:54 AM CDT
US B'Ball Player Killed in Romania
Sacred Heart's Chauncey Hardy tries to drive past Boston College's Tyrese Rice during the second half of an NCAA college men's basketball game in 2008. Hardy died in Romania last night.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – A young American basketball player on a pro team in Romania has died after being attacked in a bar, reports AP. Chauncey Hardy, who played for CSS Giurgiu in southern Romania, was celebrating after a home win when he was apparently attacked by several men Saturday night. Hardy, 23, suffered severe injuries in the attack and was in a coma when he was brought to a local hospital. He suffered two heart attacks before dying last night in the hospital. A local man wanted in the attack has already turned himself in to police. He said he attacked Hardy because the basketball player wanted to dance with his girlfriend.

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"We are deeply saddened by the loss of a fine young man who had his life cut short at such a young age while he was overseas doing something he loved," said the athletic director at Sacred Heart college, where Hardy played before going pro. (Read more Pro basketball stories.)

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