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Longtime Massachusetts Basketball Official Dies After Collapsing on Court docket

Don McGillicuddy, 56, had been working as a basketball referee for 24 years when he suffered a heart attack on Friday night. Published  Mar. 02, 2024  9:29PM EST  Brian Babineau/Getty Images A longtime basketball official in Massachusetts has died after collapsing on the court mid-game on Friday night. Don McGillicuddy was refereeing a state tournament

Longtime Massachusetts Basketball Official Dies After Collapsing on Court docket

Don McGillicuddy, 56, had been working as a basketball referee for twenty-four years when he suffered a coronary heart assault on Friday night time.

Amanda Yen

A generic image of a basketball on the court at the game on December 28, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

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A longtime basketball official in Massachusetts has died after collapsing on the court docket mid-game on Friday night time.

Don McGillicuddy was refereeing a state match recreation in Watertown and was within the midst of creating a name when he abruptly went down, sparking a frenzied response within the fitness center as spectators had been cleared out and group members and athletic trainers rushed in to render help.

McGillicuddy was initially revived however handed away in an ambulance on the best way to a hospital, his colleague, John Rafferty, advised native media. Just some weeks shy of his 57th birthday, McGillicuddy reportedly suffered two coronary heart assaults, one on the court docket and one within the ambulance.

Watertown Public Faculties launched an announcement saying all the group was left “deeply saddened” by the tragic flip of occasions, which occurred within the remaining seconds of the Watertown-Outdated Rochester Regional ladies basketball recreation.

“We perceive that this incident was unsettling for these in attendance. Faculty directors spoke with college students and households within the minutes after the sport and counselors can be out there for college students on Monday. We encourage households to speak with their college students about what they noticed and the way they’re feeling, even when they aren’t displaying apparent indicators of being upset,” the college district stated.

Tributes have come pouring in for McGillicuddy, who labored as a referee for twenty-four years.

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“He actually liked this time of the yr. In truth, we had been speaking earlier within the day and he was enthusiastic about doing the sport and was already trying ahead to doing one other match recreation within the subsequent few days,” shut buddy Larry Kelleher advised the Boston Herald.

“I’ll always remember – my father performed in males’s basketball league my complete life. Every little thing he did, I went with him. Each recreation he performed in, I used to be there taking pictures round or simply being a child,” his son, Wayne, advised NBC10 Boston. “My dad began reffing as a result of he needed to grasp up the enjoying sneakers however wished to be continued to be linked to the sport…Him turning into a ref actually made our relationship come nearer,” he stated.

“Donnie grew up in a tricky neighborhood, however was gifted with a heat persona,” Rafferty, considered one of his childhood buddies, advised the Herald. “He had a want to do higher for himself and noticed that method by sports activities.”

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