Reggie Chaney Dead at 23

University of Houston Mourns the Loss of Former Basketball Star Reggie Chaney

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University of Houston Mourns the Loss of Former Basketball Star Reggie Chaney

The University of Houston community is deeply saddened to announce the unexpected passing of Reggie Chaney, a former star forward for the men’s basketball team. Chaney, who played an integral role in the team’s journey to the 2021 Final Four, passed away on August 21, 2023, at the age of 23.

Reggie Chaney, known for his unwavering dedication and passion both on and off the court, will be remembered as an exceptional athlete and an even better teammate. His commitment to the Cougar basketball culture left an indelible mark on the program and the University as a whole.

“Reggie Chaney was the embodiment of our Cougar basketball culture. He was the ultimate teammate, a player who brought his heart and determination to every game and practice. His impact extended beyond the court as he touched the lives of those around him with his positive attitude and genuine kindness,” said Houston coach Kelvin Sampson.

Chaney’s journey in basketball began at the University of Arkansas, where he showcased his talents for two seasons before continuing his college career at the University of Houston. As a 6-foot-8 forward, he played a pivotal role in the team’s success during the 2020-21 season, including an appearance in the Final Four. His dedication to his craft earned him recognition as the American Athletic Conference’s Sixth Man of the Year for the 2022-23 season.

“Reggie Chaney’s contributions to our basketball program were immeasurable. He exemplified the spirit and drive that define a Cougar athlete. His presence on the court and in the locker room brought a sense of unity and purpose to the team. The news of his passing has left us with heavy hearts, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” said University Chancellor Renu Khator.

The University of Houston family and the broader basketball community are joining together to honor Reggie Chaney’s memory. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been established to assist with funeral expenses, allowing those who knew and loved him to contribute to this meaningful cause.

“Reggie Chaney’s legacy will forever resonate within our University. We will remember him as a remarkable athlete, a caring teammate, and a young man who left an indelible impact on those fortunate enough to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” the University of Houston Men’s Basketball team shared in a statement.