Former UK basketball player Ed Davender suffers heart attack


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Former UK Basketball player Ed Davender is reportedly on life support after suffering a heart attack.

Davender’s friends say he had the heart attack Wednesday in a taxi while traveling from Keeneland to Nicholasville. They say the cab driver rushed him to UK Hospital.

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Some teammates and other Wildcats who didn’t play with Davender, but knew him, have reportedly rushed to his bedside to hold a vigil.

49-year-old Davender was a McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school in Brooklyn. He played at UK from 1984-1988, and ranks 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,637 points. He was a third round pick of Washington in 1988, but the discovery of a heart murmur ended any hopes of a pro career.

Davender was later convicted of running a series of UK basketball ticket scams and went to prison for the crimes.

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