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Former Butler basketball star dies at 35

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A former Butler basketball star has died at the age of 35.

According to a release, Joel Cornette passed away Monday night due to natural causes.

“This morning, we spoke with the Cornette Family, who has confirmed that their beloved son and brother, Joel, passed away early this morning due to natural causes. They are shocked and devastated by this news. The Butler Family also mourns the loss of one of our favorite Bulldogs. Additional information will be released by the Cornette Family as it becomes available. Please join us in keeping the Cornette Family in your thoughts and prayers,” John Dedman, Butler Associate AD/Communications said.

Cornette was a 2003 graduate of Butler University and was part of Butler’s first Sweet 16 team. He was part of three NCAA Tournament’s in his four years, and scored 1,100 career points and had 712 rebounds.

Cornette has served as the Director of Basketball Recruiting at Priority Sports since January 2012.