AGE: 28 (October 22, 1964 â€“ June 7, 1993)
CAUSE OF DEATH: Car accident
COMPLEX SAYS: Way before players like Dirk Nowitzki (sorry, Sasha Vujacic) started dominating the league, Drazen Petrovic broke down stereotypes of European players not being able to compete at the NBA level. The six-time European Player of the Year earned two silver and one bronze medals competing for Yugoslavia and Croatia in the Olympics. After joining the league in 1989, Petrovic would become one of the league's top scorers, averaging 22 points per game in 1993. During the offseason, while traveling through Germany on his way home to Croatia, Petrovic was killed when the car he was riding in collided with a semi truck that had crossed the Autobahn median. His accomplishments with the Yugoslavian team and relationship with Vlade Divac are documented in the ESPN 30 for 30 film, Once Brothers.