Joel Cornette, a former Iowa basketball assistant coach and Butler player, died Tuesday morning, the Indianapolis Star reported. He was 35.
Cornette died in his Chicago apartment at around 1 a.m. An autopsy is pending and the cause of death is not known, the Star reports. A statement from Butler cited “natural causes.”
Cornette starred for the Bulldogs from 1999-2003, playing in every game and starting his final 97. He led the team in rebounding for three years and blocks for all four. He was a three-time All-Horizon League defender and a member of three NCAA Tournament teams.
I promise my brother will never be forgotten-His laugh, warmth, presence, authenticity, loyalty&love for his family&Butler-will live forever
— jordan cornette (@jordancornette) August 16, 2016
Cornette was the director of basketball operations at Butler from 2006-07, then became an assistant coach from 2007-10 when Todd Lickliter left Butler and joined the Hawkeyes. He was a broadcaster on ESPN for two years before becoming an agent with Priority Sports in 2012.
Butler released a statement on Tuesday.
Butler statement on the death of former forward Joel Cornette at 35. Natural causes cited. pic.twitter.com/N5XsI7HJaV
— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) August 16, 2016