Chris Daniels On the morning of Feb. 8, 1996 the Dayton community was stunned to learn of the sudden death of 22-year-old UD basketball player Chris Daniels.
Daniels, who had no known history of heart problems, was brought to Miami Valley Hospital at 5:02 a.m. in full cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at 5:31.
Daniels, a 6' 10" 238-pound senior, grew up in Columbus and came to Dayton in 1991 to attend UD. He was in his fifth year, started the Flyers' first 20 games and was the team's second-leading scorer, with a 12.9 average. He led the nation in field goal percentage for several weeks.
Daniels shared a house at 512 Lowes St. with teammate Jeffrey Brookins. Brookins was not at the house the night Daniels died, but another teammate, Darnell Hoskins, was. So was Daniels' girlfriend, Ratana Earle of Huber Heights.
Earle said Daniels began shaking and thrashing in his sleep about 4:30 a.m., and she was unable to wake him. She woke Hoskins and called 911.
Cause of death:
Heart failure in apparently healthy young athletes:
File created: 2-19-96