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Former Michigan Star and NBA Player Robert ‘Tractor’ Traylor Dead at 34

Robert Traylor
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According to multiple reports, former Michigan basketball star and NBA player Robert ‘Tractor’ Traylor was found dead Wednesday on the bedroom floor of his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. He was 34.

Police said Traylor had been missing for a few days, and that he apparently died of a heart attack. At time of his death, Traylor, a team member for the Bayamon Cowboys, was recovering from a heel injury.

After playing college basketball for Michigan, Traylor was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 1998, but was then immediately traded to Milwaukee Bucks for Pat Garrity and the rights to Dirk Nowitzki. In seven seasons with the Bucks, Cavaliers and Hornets, Taylor averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 438 career games.

The 6-foot-8, 300-pound player battled health issues and obesity throughout his life. In 2005, he had surgery on his aorta, according to reports.


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