Assane Drame, L.A. Clippers video assistant, was tragically killed in a car accident earlier this week following a ground breaking ceremony for the organizations new stadium.
He was only 26 years old.
Drame, who joined the organizations as an intern in 2019, worked with the Clips digital media group.
Before the fatal crash, Assane was present at the Clippers ground breaking ceremony in Inglewood Monday afternoon.
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Officials say Drame was on the 10 Freeway in L.A. ... when he pulled his 2012 Honda Accord to the shoulder off the road. Moments later his vehicle was hit by another car, causing fatal injuries.
Assane was originally reported missing by his family after they received a call from Clippers HR, saying he hadn't showed up to work.
The Clippers organization released a statement on the Assane's death, writing ... "The Clippers organization mourns the loss of Assane Drame, a dedicated employee, a talented videographer and a loyal friend."
The statement later continued ... "He was a hard worker and a gentle soul, passionate about his craft and kind to his colleagues, earning the respect and admiration of players, coaches and staff."
And, that's clear ... 'cause players like Nicolas Batum and Terrence Mann expressed their condolences online.
Batum wrote, "Just heard the sad news. Rest In Peace King 🙏🏽🕊"
"🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Heard nothing but great things about Assane. 🤞🏾🕊🕊 Send Prayers up," Mann tweeted.
The Rowan University alum is survived by his family in New Jersey.