Former Michigan State men’s basketball player Adreian Payne’s death has been confirmed.
Payne, a former basketball player for the Spartans, died at the age of 31. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida, gave details on what transpired on Monday afternoon.
Payne was killed in a drive-by shooting in Florida early on Monday morning, May 9, according to the police report. Payne was declared dead at a local hospital, and the suspect has been apprehended.
Payne’s death was initially reported on Monday morning, and tributes from the basketball world poured in.
On Monday afternoon, Chris Solari, a Michigan State basketball reporter, tweeted the whole police report.
Adreian Payne Wife
Adreian Payne does not have a wife. There have been no reports of him being married.
Athletic director Alan Haller began his press conference Monday afternoon at the Breslin Center in East Lansing to introduce new MSU hockey coach Adam Nightingale by paying honor to Payne.
“At Michigan State Athletics we are family, not just a collection of individual teams and units. And while we are gathered here today to celebrate a new addition to that family, it’s important to recognize that some members of our family are grieving,” Haller said,
“This morning, we received the tragic news of Adreian Payne’s passing. To all members of the Spartan basketball family, his teammates and coaches, his family and loved ones, the thoughts and prayers of Michigan State Athletics are with you.”