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Robert Traylor Obituary

Robert Traylor (AP Photo)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Former NBA and University of Michigan player Robert "Tractor" Traylor has died. He was 34.

Police in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said in a statement he was found dead Wednesday on the bedroom floor of his oceanfront apartment. Police and the Bayamon Cowboys basketball team said he had been missing for a few days and apparently died from a heart attack.

The Cowboys said he had been sidelined by an injury lately but had remained in the U.S. territory to complete his rehabilitation. They suspended their game Wednesday night because of his death.

Traylor was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks as the sixth pick overall in 1998 but played for the Milwaukee Bucks his first two seasons. He spent seven years in the NBA and also played for Cleveland, Charlotte and New Orleans. He earned his nickname because of his size, measuring 6-foot-8 and weighing nearly 300 pounds (136 kilograms). Doctors had operated on his aorta in 2005.

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