MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Howard Porter, one of the best players in Villanova basketball history, died after he was found severely beaten in an alley more than a week ago. He was 58.
Porter died Saturday night, Minneapolis Police Lt. Kim Lund said Sunday. Police were awaiting a report from the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.
``Howard provided so many Villanovans with thrills on the basketball court playing for coach (Jack) Kraft,'' Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a statement released by the school. ``Since his playing days ended, he has been an outstanding role model for our current players and coaching staff.''
Porter worked as a probation officer for Ramsey County. Police said it was unclear whether the beating was connected to his job. Lund said there have been no arrests and the investigation is continuing.
Porter had been hospitalized since he was found in the alley without identification May 19. Authorities didn't know at the time that the man brought to the hospital as an unknown assault victim was Porter.
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