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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

(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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