A Minnesota native who played basketball at North Dakota State University died unexpectedly Tuesday night. Jordan Aaberg was 29 years old.
Aaberg was a standout basketball player from Rothsay, a town of fewer than 500 people located between Fargo and Fergus Falls along Interstate 94 in northwest Minnesota. The 6-foot-9 big man went on to play four years at NDSU, from 2009 to 2013.
The 29-year-old died suddenly Sept. 8, according to a GoFundMe campaign that was launched to help his family. Aaberg leaves behind his wife, Courtney, and a 1-year-old daughter.
"Jordan was a kind-hearted, funny, generous, and hard-working man. His love for Delia and Courtney shined through in everything he did," the online fundraiser said. "As they navigate through this next phase of life, please consider easing some of the financial burden associated with medical bills, funeral costs, and other unforeseen expenses. In addition, please keep Courtney, Delia, and the rest of their family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of unimaginable loss."
Aaberg graduated from Rothsay High School in 2009. He averaged 25 points, 14.8 rebounds, 6.8 blocks and 4 assists per game during his senior year. He was also the class valedictorian who was a member of the National Honor Society and the Knowledge Bowl team.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Aaberg family. We'll miss our teammate and our brother, but always remember the man that he was," reads a tweet from NDSU men's basketball.
Rothsay basketball tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Aaberg family. Not only a great basketball player but an outstanding person. Jordan will be missed by the Rothsay community, Rothday Basketball Program, and all who were connected with him!"
Aaberg's cause of death has not been announced, though Forum News Service reports that he collapsed at his home.