Former Maryland walk-on Earl Badu dead at 33

September 28, 2012

UPDATED 4:36 P.M.

Sad news for the Terrapins family. Earl Badu, a former walk-on to the men’s basketball team in the late 1990s and early 2000s, has died of an apparent suicide. He was 33.

Badu’s body was found by Baltimore County police Thursday morning, though the time of his death is uncertain. Police say Badu jumped to his death from the Interstate 95 overpass onto Interstate 695 on the eastern side of Baltimore County.

Ling Li, who performed the autopsy for the Maryland chief medical examiner’s office, said Badu died of “multiple injuries.”

Badu, whose popularity frequently elicited late-game chants of his name during blowouts, was a member of the 2002 national championship team. In 18 career games, he had four points. Badu lived in Bethesda.

He entered a tryout on the encouragement of Juan Dixon, a good friend and former high school rival.

“It’s hard to believe,” Badu told The Post at the 2002 Final Four in Atlanta. “Anybody who plays basketball dreams of getting to the Division I level. Then to be at the elite level, where the University of Maryland now is. And then to this.”

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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