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Former Kentucky Wildcats star Ed Davender passes away at 49

Former Kentucky basketball standout Ed Davender died Thursday after complications from a massive heart attack earlier in the week. He was 49 years old.

“We are terribly saddened to hear that we’ve lost Ed Davender,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement released by the school. “Our condolences go out to Ed’s family and friends during this very trying time. The Big Blue Nation will keep Ed and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”

Davender, who played for the Wildcats from 1985-88 under coaches Joe B. Hall and Eddie Sutton, is the only player in UK's illustrious history to record at least 1,500 points and 400 assists. He currently ranks 11th on UK's all-time scoring list with 1,637 points, eighth in assists at 436 and fourth in steals at 191.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native and Parade All-American helped lead the Cats to the SEC regular-season and tournament championships in 1986 and 1988.

Although he never led UK in scoring -- a product of playing alongside stars like Kenny Walker and Rex Chapman -- Davender averaged 15.2 points as a junior and 15.7 points as a senior. He was a two-time All-SEC selection.

Davender was picked No. 60 overall in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets.

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