Former Kentucky basketball player Bret Bearup was found dead Thursday at the age of 56, per the Lexington Herald-Leader's Jerry Tipton.
A cause of death has not been specified. Tipton reported Bearup's family "became concerned this week" when he didn't return their calls.
Sad to hear that Bret Bearup passed away suddenly. A former Kentucky player for Coach Hall, I’ve known Bret since my days at UMass. He was always a loyal and good-hearted person who loved the game of basketball. He’s going to be missed. Prayers for him and his family.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 18, 2018
Bret was universally loved. Everyone that crossed paths with him has a great story to tell. He was that kind of person. He will undoubtedly be missed. #BBN, please keep him and his family in your prayers. https://t.co/RIPvqqqfAB— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) May 18, 2018
Bearup spent four seasons in Lexington playing for the Wildcats under former head coach Joe B. Hall.
During that time, Bearup averaged 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field.
Tipton reported Bearup was recently living in Denver and working for Stan Kroenke, who owns the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Rams.