Tragic disappearance. Passed by the NBA but also Asvel, Adreian Payne died at 31, on the night of Sunday to Monday, the day of his birthday. He was reportedly shot and killed in the streets of Orlando, Florida, local police reported.
The American player did not survive his injuries. Rushed to the nearest hospital, he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. The alleged shooter was immediately arrested at the scene of the shooting and was taken into custody.
The sudden death of Adreian Payne caused a stir in the United States, but also in France, particularly on the side of Asvel. The strong winger left his mark on his time in Tony Parker’s club between 2019 and 2020, achieving the championship-Coupe de France double in 2019.
Very affected by his disappearance, the Rhone club paid tribute and saluted the memory of its former player. “Terribly shocked by the announcement of the death of Adreian Payne. Difficult to find the words when you lose a member of the family… All our thoughts for his loved ones, ”posted Asvel on his Twitter account.
Terribly shocked by the announcement of the death of Adreian PAYNE, player of LDLC ASVEL between 2019 and 2020
It’s hard to find the words when you lose a family member…
All our thoughts for his loved ones pic.twitter.com/Ow5uD6GBTC
— LDLC ASVEL (@LDLCASVEL) May 9, 2022
Adreian Payne was selected in 15th position in the 2014 Draft by the Atlanta Hawks and went through the Wolves then the Magic between 2015 and 2018 playing just over a hundred games in the NBA. He then took the direction of Greece, China, France, Turkey and Lithuania, where he played this season (Utenos Juventus).