LSU basketball alumnus and son of legendary basketball player Pete Maravich, Josh Maravich, has died at the age of 42, the Louisiana State University confirmed on Saturday night. According to the statement released by LSU, Maravich passed away at his residence in Covington, Louisiana, the previous day. The cause of his death has not been disclosed yet.

Maravich was a basketball reserve at LSU from the years 2001-02 to 2004-05 under former coach John Brady. He had a childhood dream of playing for LSU, where his father had attained Hall of Fame status after establishing the men’s NCAA Division I scoring record of 3,667 points between 1967 and 1970.

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Maravich’s contribution to basketball went beyond the court, as he and his older brother, Jaeson Maravich, suggested to create a bronze statue of Pete Maravich outside LSU’s basketball facility. The legendary player was famous for his creativity and showmanship, and the statue needed to reflect that. Therefore, it depicted Pete Maravich making a behind-the-back pass. The statue was unveiled in 2022.

Pete Maravich’s life was cut short in 1988 when he died from a heart condition that had gone undetected. Earlier this year, his men’s NCAA Division I scoring record was surpassed by Iowa star Caitlin Clark. The record stayed unmatched by any man or woman for over fifty years until Clark’s outstanding performance.

Josh Maravich had revealed in a 2005 article in The Daily Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper, that he was not a star player, but he always wanted to be a walk-on. He said he wanted to play for LSU to make his dad proud. His father’s legacy as a top scorer for LSU had inspired him to join the university’s basketball team.

The younger Maravich will be remembered for his passion for basketball and his contribution to the LSU team. His death is a significant blow to the LSU basketball community and all those who appreciated the Maravich family’s invaluable contribution to basketball.

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