Wales international Stuart Robbins had died suddenly at the age of 33, just weeks after finishing his first season in the Irish Superleague.
The much-travelled centre, who had enjoyed a fine debut campaign with Limerick Eagles, was discovered in his hotel bedroom in Galway on Monday morning, having spent the weekend coaching the college side at the annual Intervarsity basketball tournament.
It is believed that Robbins died in his sleep. A post-mortem is due to be carried out.
“We are all totally stunned and devastated by this,” said John King, the Eagles’ chairman, in a statement. “He was a tremendous young guy – literally larger than life. Stuart had become the go-to man on our team in his first season. He was our one professional player, the guy we depended on but much more than that, he was a really important and popular figure in the club. He helped out a lot with coaching in the college and with youngsters around Limerick and was brilliant."
Robbins spent much of his career in Germany as well as stints in the BBL with London Towers and Thames Valley.