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

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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  • kendra

    that is terrible this person didn,t receive any kind of help from any1 don,t they have any kind of help for people like him and others suffering from the same kind of mental problem where they could have treated him on a daily basis.there is another life cut down so young.may he rest in peace and my condolences go out to his family and close friends cause i to know how it is to be very sad and know1 to turn to when you need help.suicide is not the help theres always help somewhere.

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