It has just been announced that Ben Jordan, a Kentucky baseball and basketball player, has died.
He was only twenty-two-years-old.
Tributes from friends, family, and his fans have been pouring in during this difficult time...
While I didn't know Ben Jordan very well, each time I was around him I noticed just how much he meant to his closest friends.— Hunter Hurst (@HunterHurst_) January 12, 2021
Very upsetting to hear of his passing today. Keep the Olive Hill community, his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former West Carter & UK RHP Ben Jordan. Ben was a phenomenal player and an even better kid. Our thoughts & prayers are with the Jordan family and his former teammates & coaches. RIP big fella. You will be missed.— PBR Kentucky (@PBRKentucky) January 12, 2021
So much to pray for pray for 🙏❤ My heart is heavy today. You was so extremely talented at both of these sports. Everyone in our little small town loved you and all of the kids looked up to you. Prayers for your family, friends and our small town. RIP Ben Jordan. pic.twitter.com/HEwsVTNim9— Gina Vanlandingham (@GinaVanlanding1) January 12, 2021
Ben Jordan. Forever in our hearts. 💙 pic.twitter.com/S1VxSaZwqr— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) January 12, 2021
RIP Ben Jordan.— Tyler Holt (@ItsTHoltBaby) January 12, 2021
Praying for his family, Kentucky Baseball program, Kentucky Athletics, and any one else who knew and loved him.
Rip Ben Jordan. The most humble and talented baseball player I ever got to play with rest easy big fella.— Parker Redmon (@Redmon_05) January 12, 2021
Rip Ben Jordan. Thoughts and prayers towards his family. 22 is too young to die, and this is a reminder to cherish every day/moment we have on this earth.— The Big Dann 🧢 (@TheBigDann) January 12, 2021
Rebel praying for the Kentucky Wildcat family. RIP Ben Jordan.— Debbie Woodrick Hall (@LadyRebDeb) January 13, 2021
RIP Ben Jordan. Check on your friends— Tim Doolan (@tdools) January 12, 2021
@karlravechespn Maybe you and DV could lay off your remarks about the team just for tonight. The team and #BBN are morning the loss of Ben Jordan and maybe they’re not quite themselves tonight. Have some respect, please! RIP Ben #11🙏 @ESPN— Susan Jesse (@ajessegirl) January 13, 2021
Now, Ben Jordan wasn't your average sports player.
The twenty-two-year-old earned himself spots on both the baseball and basketball teams at the University of Kentucky.
And he was great at both sports, according to his coaches.
Standing at a solid 6 foot 9, the junior was a right-handed pitcher for the Wildcats and later joined the powerhouse basketball program as it saw a shortage of players that season.
He made 2 prominent appearances last season.
Not only that, but he was also credited with aiding Nick Richards to develop into an All-Southeastern Conference selection and a second-round pick of the Charlotte Hornets in last year's NBA Draft.
But this week, tragedy struck.
On Tuesday, January 12th, his basketball coach, John Calipari, released a statement issued by the university.
He said this:
"Our hearts are broken today. It is difficult for me to express and to put into words what a tragedy it is to lose a young person too early."
"Ben impacted our team last season in so many ways with his kind heart, his big smile, and his wonderful personality. He cared so deeply about this place and it meant so much to him to be a part of this team."
The news of his death has impacted many, but especially the people who he helped changed the lives of...
According to ESPN, the sportsman decided to give up basketball for this season as he wanted to put his focus into baseball, a sport he has been dedicated to for years.
His baseball coach also had some kind words to say about him.
Nick Mingione referred to him as an "absolute joy" saying "There are no words to express the shock and heartache our team is feeling with the loss of Ben."
"He was an absolute joy to coach and be around."
"His coaches, teammates, and brothers loved him dearly. His smile, his sense of humor, and love for this university will never be forgotten."
So far, his family has not revealed a cause of death.
But according to the Post, the twenty-two-year-old had previously "redshirted his freshman season while recovering from Tommy John surgery," which affects the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow.
However, this has not yet been revealed as a factor related to his death.
R.I.P, Ben Jordan.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragic news.