This is the sort of thing you never want to have to write about. But in this case, it bears mentioning for more than just the obvious reason, which is that a former NBA star has died.
It was how Dan Roundfield died -- saving his wife.
Caught in rough water beyond a reef, Roundfield managed to get his wife, Bernadette, to safety among some rocks. But he was swept away by the current before he could join her.
If you're going to die before your time, there are far less noble ways.