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Merritt passes away at 43

TACOMA — A heart attack at age 43 has claimed the life last week of former Eastern Washington University basketball standout Brandon Merritt.

Merritt, a hard-nosed player, was an integral part of the Eagles’ 2004 team that was the program’s first trip to the NCAA tournament. His work in the Big Sky Conference tournament led to him being named the tournament MVP.

Before coming to Eastern, Merritt graduated from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma and Tacoma Community College.

Funeral services will be June 14 at Bellarmine Prep.

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