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Former UK guard Terrence Clarke dies in car accident in L.A.

Terrence Clarke. (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Kentucky freshman guard Terrence Clarke, who recently declared for the NBA Draft, died in a car accident Thursday in Los Angeles.

The news was confirmed by WKYT Channel 27 in Lexington Thursday night. According to the station, Clarke and teammate BJ Boston were reportedly leaving a workout prior to the accident. Boston was reportedly following Clarke when the accident occurred.

Clarke, 19, was driving when he ran a red light and hit a car turning left, the report said. He was not wearing his seatbelt properly.

Several of his former Kentucky teammates began sending condolensce messages onto their personal social media accounts as new broke out about the accident Thursday night.

Clarke, a 6-foot-7 guard, played in just eight games last season while recovering from a leg injury. He averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and two assists per game.

It was the second tragedy for the Wildcat basketball program in less than a year. Former UK basketball walk-on and baseball pitcher Ben Jordan died in January.

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