Daedra Charles-Furlow, a two-time national champion at Tennessee, an Olympian and an inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 49.
Charles-Furlow, one of six former Lady Vols to have her jersey number retired at Tennessee, was living with her mother in Detroit at the time of her death, according to USA Today. A cause of death has not yet been released.
Charles-Furlow scored 1,495 points, grabbed 858 rebounds and won national titles in 1989 and '91 while playing for the late Pat Summitt at Tennessee. The Detroit native served as an assistant coach at Detroit Mercy and Auburn before joining Summitt's staff as an assistant at Tennessee in 2008. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and became the Lady Vols' director of character development until Summitt stepped down from head-coaching duties in 2012.
Holly Warlick, the current coach of the Lady Vols, issued a statement Sunday.
"My heart is broken from the loss of one of the greatest players to play at Tennessee, Daedra 'Night Train' Charles[-Furlow]," Warlick said. "An Olympian, a pro player, an ambassador for the Lady Vols and, more importantly, a wonderful person/mother. Dae had a spirit that was so uplifting, and you never thought she had a bad day. Our memories of Daedra will bring us comfort and smiles. But it will also bring me tears because she is suddenly gone. Lord, wrap your arms around her ... I know she has found her peace."
Former Tennessee star Kara Lawson, who played for the Lady Vols from 1999 to 2003, tweeted about Charles-Furlow's death Saturday night.
RIP Daedra Charles 🚊 pic.twitter.com/qdhej0fux6
— Kara Lawson (@karalawson20) April 15, 2018
Charles-Furlow won the Wade Trophy in 1991, the first SEC player to win the honor, and she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. She played professionally overseas and one season in the WNBA with the Los Angeles Sparks.
She is survived by her mother, Helen, husband, Anthony Furlow, and a son, Anthonee.