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Streetballer Troy "Escalade" Jackson Dies in L.A. Hotel Room

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Troy Jackson, a streetballer nicknamed "Escalade," and the younger brother of ESPN analyst and former New York Knicks guard Mark Jackson "died in his sleep early Sunday morning while in Los Angeles for NBA All-Star Weekend," according to the Bleacher Report. He was 35.

Jackson, considered a "gentle giant" at 6'10" and 400 pounds, traveled the world playing with the Ball Up streetball team, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the And 1 Mixtape Tour, for the past decade. He played for Louisville from 1996 to 1998.

"His death sent shockwaves through the basketball community, especially among close friends of the Jackson family," notes the NY Daily News of the New York native. A representative from the Los Angeles County Coroner's office says Jackson was found unresponsive in his hotel room shortly before noon on Sunday. The cause of Jackson's death is unknown, and an autopsy is pending.