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Los Angeles Clippers video assistant Assane Drame killed in car accident

SAN DIEGO -- The LA Clippers are mourning the death of a video assistant in the organization's digital content group.

Assane Drame, 26, died in a car accident Monday night. The native of Blackwood, New Jersey, had just worked earlier Monday at the team's media day.

Drame joined the Clippers in 2019 as a video intern and rose to video assistant.

"The Clippers organization mourns the loss of Assane Drame, a dedicated employee, a talented videographer and a loyal friend," the team said in a statement. "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."

Drame's death came as a shock to the organization, which is holding training camp in San Diego. Players including Terance Mann and Nicolas Batum tweeted their respects once they heard the news.

A graduate of Rowan University, Drame is survived by his family in New Jersey.