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Terrence Clarke Passed Away in Deadly Car Accident

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 11: Terrence Clarke #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball at half court against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first half of their second round game in the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 11, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Kentucky star, Terrence Clarke, passed away on Thursday after a deadly car accident in the Los Angeles area. Clarke was only 19 years old. LAPD stated that Clarke was speeding while driving and ran a red light. Then, hit another car. The vehicle lost control as he hit a pole and then a block wall.

The police stated that Clarke was not wearing a seatbelt at the time. After the accident, the ambulance took Clarke to Northridge Hospital, where he passed away with his mother at his side.

Clarke was on his way home after working out with draft prospect BJ Boston. BJ Boston was in the car behind Clarke at the time of the deadly car accident. BJ Boston declared for the 2021 NBA Draft in March.

“I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight. A young person who we all love has just lost his life too soon, one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile, and joy. People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now. We are all in shock.”

-John Calipari, Kentucky Coach

Clarke’s Basketball Performance

Dec 19, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Terrence Clarke (5) drives to the basket against North Carolina Tar Heels guard R.J. Davis (4) and forward Armando Bacot (5) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Terrence Clarke averaged 9.6 points and 28.6 minutes over eight games last season. He was a five-star prospect, and analysts projected him as a lottery pick.

Furthermore, Clarke recently declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. Also, he recently signed with a sports agent, Klutch Sports. CEO of Klutch Sports, Rich Paul, released a statement to ESPN shortly after Clarke’s death.

“We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke. Terrence was an incredible, hard-working young man. He was excited for what was ahead of him and ready to fulfill his dreams. Our prayers go out to Terrence and his family, who ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

-Rich Paul

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