Chyna Thomas, the 22-year-old sister of Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, died in a single-car accident on Saturday morning.
Boston Celtics all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas was given some tragic news earlier today, one day before his team is set to begin their opening playoff series against the Chicago Bulls. His 22-year-old sister, Chyna Thomas, died in a single-car accident in Federal Way, Washington at around 5 A.M.
Thomas received news of his sister's death after a team practice in the afternoon, reports ESPN. He was talking to a reporter when Avery Bradley, a teammate and fellow native of Tacoma, came out of the training room and removed him from the area. That was the last time reporters would see Thomas for the day.
Chyna's 1998 Toyota Camry drifted onto the shoulder of the road and traveled 50 feet before colliding with a large metal pole, according to police, who said that she had not been wearing a seatbelt. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Earlier tonight, a source close to Thomas told ESPN that the plan, for now, was for Thomas to play in tomorrow night's home game in Boston. The Celtics are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Bulls are seeded No. 8.
The Celtics issued the following statement about the tragic accident.
We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Chyna Thomas. The thoughts & prayers of the entire organization are with Isaiah & his family.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 16, 2017
Below are other notable social media reactions to Chyna Thomas' death. Our condolences go out to Thomas and his family.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Chyna Thomas, sister of Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics. pic.twitter.com/iPOFte2jzM— NBA (@NBA) April 16, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with Isaiah Thomas and his entire family as they mourn their tragic loss today.— UW Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) April 16, 2017
Prayers up @Isaiah_Thomas 🙏🏽 my condolences to you and your family— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) April 15, 2017
Man my heart goes out to @Isaiah_Thomas an his fam. Damn bro head up!— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) April 16, 2017
Sending prayers out to Isaiah Thomas. His sister was killed in a car crash this morning one day before his play off game. 😔 pic.twitter.com/IYz4mDVeQT— LakeShowTalk (@Lakeshowtalk) April 15, 2017
My prayers are with you @Isaiah_Thomas and your family— Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) April 15, 2017