The Los Angeles Clippers are mourning the death of video assistant Assane Drame, the team announced on Wednesday. Drame was 26.
Drame's sister had tweeted a request for help in finding her brother after his family reported him missing, but later said her brother had died in a car accident. In their statement, the Clippers praised Drame's work ethic and character and said he was respected by several parts of the organization after being hired as a video intern in 2019.
In a statement the Clippers called video assistant Assane Drame “kind to his colleagues, earning the respect and admiration of players, coaches and staff.” pic.twitter.com/DYm7hXzsLj
— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) September 30, 2021
A pair of Clippers players also tweeted kind words about their departed coworker:
🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Heard nothing but great things about Assane. 🤞🏾🕊🕊 Send Prayers up https://t.co/QLbZanlYkH
— Terance Mann (@terance_mann) September 30, 2021
Just heard the sad news. Rest In Peace King 🙏🏽🕊 pic.twitter.com/Bwcab1NKdO
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) September 30, 2021
The fatal car accident occurred when Drame was driving home from the Clippers' media day on Monday, per 1090 AM's Arash Markazi. He had also been present at the groundbreaking of the Clippers' planned Intuit Dome.
According to Drame's LinkedIn profile, he was a graduate of New Jersey's Rowan University and had worked as an intern or contributor at NBC Sports Philadelphia, Philadelphia radio station WHYY and the FanSided blog for the Phoenix Suns.