A Sad Day for the Orange Nation By: Stephen Siracusa

Updated: February 13, 2017


Fabricio Paulino de Melo better known as Fab Melo passed away February 11, 2017 at the age of 26, in his home country of Brazil. He was found in bed by his mother. Melo was born June 20, 1990 in Juiz de Fora Brazil. He grew to be seven-foot-tall and found his niche playing basketball.

His mother sent him to Florida to pursue his dream. Melo played for his high school team at Sagemont in Westmont, Florida. After graduating high school in 2010, he played two seasons for the Syracuse Orangemen. The Boston Celtics drafted Melo, who had grown to be 7ft. tall and 255lbs, after his sophomore year at Syracuse. After playing for the Celtics, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday August 15, 2013 and then joined the Dallas Mavericks the last month before training camp. While he didn’t play for the NBA again he went home to Brazil and continued to play basketball there.

Fab Melo had several impressive accomplishments during his short life. In 2010, he was McDonald’s All-American as well as Third-team Parade All American. Melo earned the rank of the Big East’s Defensive Player in 2012. During that same year, he was also the Defensive Player of the Year and the NBA D-League All Defensive First Team. Lastly, in 2013 Melo was the NBA D-League All-Rookie First Team

The cause of Melo’s death is still uncertain, but one thing that is for sure is that he will be missed by all.