Basketball player Korvotney Barber, 26, was found dead yesterday by a passerby in Panama City Beach Florida.
Local police believe that he drowned, but, according to a report from the Associated Press, they are not really certain about the cause of death. His body was sent to the office of the medical examiner to establish the exact reason.
Barber disappeared early Saturday evening. Apparently, he went swimming with his wife at around 7.0o p.m. Police corporal, Jason Gleason, said that the body washed ashore at around 4.00 a.m. Sunday.
Korvotney Barber finished playing basketball in the Auburn program in 2009. He was the only SEC player to average a double-double playing as a senior in the league.
Aurburn coach, Tony Barbee, said:“The Auburn basketball program is deeply saddened to lose one of its great players in Korvotney ‘Vot’ Barber.”
He added: “I was fortunate enough to meet Vot just last week when he stopped by my office to introduce himself to me. What an impressive guy. Our prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said that Barber would be remembered as a caring father who deeply loved his children and his family. He added: ”We are deeply saddened to learn of the devastatingly tragic and untimely death of Korvotney Barber.”
Barber’s untimely death leaves a number questions unanswered. Why would a young athlete in prime physical shape get into difficulties in the sea? Where was he for the missing nine hours? Did he have a sudden medical event that prevented him from swimming? Only the medical examiner can provide the answers to the mystery of what really happened to Korvotney Barber.