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(Neb.) - Former CSC basketball player dies in Scottsbluff

By: Andrew Lacy Posted at: 07/02/2012 11:47 AM
UPDATE (5:53 P.M.) - An autopsy determined Fernando Wilson died of natural causes

SCOTTSBLUFF - A former Chadron State College basketball player died at his home in Scottsbluff Saturday night of an unknown medical condition.

27-year-old Fernando (Bonfim) Wilson and his family returned home Saturday night and discovered their home had been burglarized. Scottsbluff Police Captain Brian Wasson said the burglary was reported to police around 10:15 p.m.

Wilson’s adoptive mother wrote on Facebook that he was moving a television when he appeared to suffer a seizure and stopped breathing. He was transported to Regional West Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Wilson was hospitalized for three weeks in 2010 after developing three ulcers in his esophagus. He spent four days in a coma and needed 23 units of red blood cells, six units of plasma and six units of platelets.

The seven-footer moved to Scottsbluff in 2001 where he played basketball at Western Nebraska Community College from 2003-05. He played for Southern Utah University during the 2005-06 season and Chadron State in 2006-07.

He was adopted by Bryon and Lori Wilson of Scottsbluff and was the adoptive brother of current CSC football player Cody Wilson.


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