Longtime NBA agent Dan Fegan has died in a car crash on Sunday, 25 and he was 56, Colorado authorities said.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, Dan was driving an SUV as he tried to merge onto a highway and was collided with the side of a commuter bus near Aspen - 180 miles west of Denver.
The SUV's other occupants, Dan's 5 years old son and a 29 years old California woman, were airlifted to a Denver hospital in critical condition, Colorado State Trooper Gabe Easton told the Aspen Times. No one on the bus was hurt.
Death News: NBA Agent Dan Fegan Killed in Crash; 5-year-old Son Injured
According to the CEO of Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, the driver did not have time to avoid the collision.
Dan's family released a statement through a spokesman, Terry Fahn.
The statement reads,
Today we lost a great man, father, son and brother who always stood up not only for his clients, but also for what he knew was right. We are all shocked and saddened by this tragic development and appreciate the outpouring of support. We ask for privacy at this difficult time.
I can’t believe you are gone. I am forever grateful for what you did for me and will never forget that. This isn’t fair but i know you are in a better place and we will have a glass of red again someday. #RipDanFegan pic.twitter.com/uyQXuXaQuC
— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) February 26, 2018
Arms around his family. Rest In Peace, my friend. https://t.co/Zj9JrSGTTs
— Michele Roberts (@MRobertsNBPA) February 26, 2018
In 2016, Dan was on Forbes magazine's list of top agents. Among the players, Dan had represented are John Wall, Dwight Howard, and DeMarcus Cousins.
Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations, said,
I knew Dan as a friend and a neighbor long before we developed a team executive-player agent relationship. The NBA players he represented have lost a tireless advocate for their interests and well-being, while NBA teams will miss having a highly intelligent, professional representative to partner with in the management and development of his clients on their rosters.
The Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban said Dan held a special place in the timeline of his life as an NBA owner.
Dan was the first agent who realized I was serious about basketball, winning and learning as much as I could about the game,
Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics general manager, recalled how passionate Dan was about seeking the best care for his brother after he was diagnosed with cancer.
I just remember Dan very emotionally talking to me about getting whatever help we could provide his family in getting his brother into Mass General [hospital in Boston] as quickly as possible for treatment. He cared so deeply about helping his brother.