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 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -The body of a reserve basketball player for Samford was found in his dorm room after he apparently died in his sleep, the school said.
Forward Jim Griffin, a senior from Chicago, was found dead Tuesday morning in his room at Samford's Beeson Woods residential village.
The Jefferson County coroner's office said results of an autopsy, conducted Wednesday, would be released in about two weeks. But a university news release said Griffin died in his sleep after playing in a pickup game and lifting weights on Monday night before returning to his room.
``The Samford community is profoundly saddened by the death of Jim Griffin,'' Samford President Andrew Westmoreland said. ``He was a popular student on campus in addition to being a member of the men's basketball team. It never is easy when any life is lost, but it is more difficult to lose one of such great promise.''
A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday evening in Samford's Reid Chapel.
s a tremendous loss for our university and our team,'' Samford coach Jimmy Tillette said. ``Our objective now is to help Jim's family and his teammates and friends deal with the situation.''
Griffin averaged 2.0 points in 32 games last season.

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