Collier Statement

ATLANTA HAWKS STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF JASON COLLIER

The Atlanta Spirit family is saddened to report the sudden passing of Hawks center Jason Collier, 28, this morning.

Statement from Terri Woodson, wife of Hawks coach
Mike Woodson:
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"Jason and his family are first and foremost in our prayers during this difficult time," said Hawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Billy Knight. "Jason was a devoted family man who deeply loved his wife Katie, daughter Elezan (Ella), his parents and siblings. He was also a tremendous friend to the Hawks employees who spent time with him, and a hard-working and dedicated teammate to many NBA players over his five seasons in the league. We will truly miss Jason's personality and his spirit, and he will be in the thoughts and minds of our team and organization forever."

A five-year NBA veteran, Collier spent the last two seasons with the Hawks after playing his first three years with the Houston Rockets. He finished his collegiate career at Georgia Tech after transferring from Indiana University.

Born September 8, 1977 in Springfield, Ohio, Collier attended Central Catholic High School in Springfield.