Basketball Star Armen Gilliam Dies Of Apparent Heart Attack

Armen Gilliam(BlackDoctor.org) — When former UNLV star and NBA veteran Armen Gilliam came out of retirement in 2005 to become player-coach of the ABA’s now-defunct Pittsburgh Xplosion at age 41, he certainly didn’t do it for the lucrative paycheck.

“If I wanted to make money, I’d go overseas,” Gilliam told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at the time. “I do this for the love of the game.”

It’s tragic but fitting then that Gilliam died Tuesday night doing what he enjoyed most. The 47-year-old Pennsylvania resident was playing in a pickup basketball game at the LA Fitness in Bridgeville when he collapsed on the court as a result of an apparent heart attack. He was rushed to nearby St. Clair Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.