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Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevic dead at 46 after heart attack: ‘We are absolutely devastated’

Dejan Milojevic, an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack a night earlier, the team announced.

Milojevic, who was 46, had been hospitalized in Salt Lake City after experiencing the medical emergency during a private team dinner.

“We are absolutely devastated by Dejan Milojevic’s sudden passing,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said in a statement. “This is a shocking and tragic blow for everyone associated with the Warriors and an incredibly difficult time for his family, friends, and all of us who had the incredible pleasure to work with him.”

Wednesday’s scheduled game between the Warriors and Utah Jazz was postponed.

Milojevic was in his third season on Kerr’s staff after spending eight years as the head coach of KK Mega Basket in his native Belgrade, Serbia, and one year in the same role with KK Budućnost in Montenegro.

Before he became a coach, the 6-7 Milojevic played professionally in Serbia, Montenegro, Spain and Turkey and won three consecutive MVP honors in the European ABA League from 2004-06.

Milojevic won the NBA Finals with the Warriors in 2022, his first year on the Golden State coaching staff. That championship was the organization’s fourth with Kerr and star players Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

“In addition to being a terrific basketball coach, Dejan was one of the most positive and beautiful human beings I have ever known, someone who brought joy and light to every single day with his passion and energy,” Kerr said.

Milojevic is survived by his wife, Natasa, and their two children, Nikola and Masa.

“The NBA mourns the sudden passing of Golden State assistant coach Dejan Milojevic, a beloved colleague and dear friend to so many in the global basketball community,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “In addition to winning the 2022 NBA championship in his first season with the Warriors and mentoring some of the best players in the world, Dejan had a decorated international playing career and was a distinguished head coach in his native Serbia.”