A prominent NBA agent died in a car crash late Sunday, leaving the basketball world stunned.
Dan Fegan, 56, was known as one of the most “hard-nosed” agents in the league, typically getting players the best contracts.
“Was a giant among agents for a long time,” said Chris Mannix, a writer for Yahoo, via Twitter.
“Dan’s death has left the NBA stunned,” added Sam Amick of USA Today via Twitter.
The SUV Fegan was driving was hit by a bus in Colorado, reported The Aspen Times.
Two other passengers in the SUV, a woman and Fegan’s 5-year-old son, were airlifted to a Denver hospital with serious injuries.
The driver and passenger in the bus were not injured.
NEW: Man killed in car crash near #Aspen was #NBA agent
Dan Fegan, sources confirm. Fegan was driving an SUV that was hit by a bus on Highway 82. https://t.co/6hLnxRfG4P via @ericarobbie pic.twitter.com/hh5PcRsMjT
— Aspen Times (@TheAspenTimes) February 26, 2018
Fegan represented some of the league’s biggest names throughout his career, including Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins, and John Wall.
Kris Humphries, another player who had Fegan as an agent, said on Twitter that he was at a loss for words.
“This is painful and tough. The world knows what you were as an agent, but you were a better man,” he said.
Drew Gooden, a former NBA player who Fegan represented, posted a picture of Fegan and his son playing in the snow.
“I can’t believe we took this picture yesterday with our kids and now your gone. Rest In Peace Dan Fegan. Your spirit will always be in Aspen!” Gooden wrote.
I can’t believe you are gone. I am forever grateful for what you did for me and will never forget that. This isn’t fair but i know you are in a better place and we will have a glass of red again someday. #RipDanFegan pic.twitter.com/uyQXuXaQuC
— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) February 26, 2018
Fegan’s family released a statement obtained by ESPN.
“Today we lost a great man, father, son and brother who always stood up not only for his clients, but also for what he knew was right,” the statement said. “We are all shocked and saddened by this tragic development and appreciate the outpouring of support. We ask for privacy at this difficult time.”
Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey was among those who responded to the death.
“I knew Dan as a friend and a neighbor long before we developed a team executive-player agent relationship,” Olshey said. “The NBA players he represented have lost a tireless advocate for their interests and well-being, while NBA teams will miss having a highly intelligent, professional representative to partner with, in the management and development of his clients on their rosters.”