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Thomas Emma, Ex-Duke, Manhasset Hoops Star, Plunges To Death From NYC Athletic Club

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Police say former Duke star Thomas Emma plunged from the 12th floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to his death in an apparent suicide.

Police say Emma’s body was found at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on a second-floor landing of the building on Central Park South.

“Emma … was a member of the club, which has a common area on the roof. He did not leave a suicide note,” reported the New York Daily News, citing NYPD sources. “Relatives told police that Emma had been depressed.”

Emma was a Duke University basketball team captain in 1983 and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls.

Emma was also a high school star in Manhasset, on Long Island, and wrote a book titled “Basketball Player’s Comprehensive Guide to Strength Training.”

He was president of Power Performance, Inc., a company devoted to training young athletes.

A New York City medical examiner will determine the official cause of his death.

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