Bemidji State University announced Monday that junior men’s basketball player Kaden Hart passed away unexpectedly on June 16. He was 21 years old.
“We are so heart-broken with the passing of Kade. He was an intelligent, thoughtful and helpful gentle giant,” BSU men’s basketball coach Mike Boschee said in the official statement. “Kade helped us coaches in many ways, saying the things that the team needed to hear and continually trying to get his teammates to do the right things on the court.
”Our hearts go out to Kade’s family and friends closest to him. He will be missed by so many and especially our BSU community.”
Hart graduated from Faribault High School in 2017 before becoming was a criminal justice major at BSU. In addition to competing on the men’s basketball team, he was heavily involved in the Bemidji State chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
After redshirting his first year at Bemidji State in the 2017-18 season, Hart played in 11 games for the Beavers in each of his freshman and sophomore seasons. His performance in the classroom during this past season earned him a place on the Winter NSIC All-Academic Team.
Hart is survived by his mother, Connie; his father, Michael; brother, Kallan; sister, Maryn; and several in his extended family.
Funeral services are today at 1 p.m. at the River Valley Church in Faribault. A live stream link will be available on Kaden Hart’s obituary page.
Bemidji State is directing memorials to the Bemidji State chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with information available in the school’s release. Support services for students, faculty, and staff are also being offered through the school’s counseling services by calling 218-755-2053.