We regret to inform you that on April 19, 2023, Michael Yagmin, a legendary basketball scout, analyst, and native of New England, passed away. He was involved in the New England basketball community.
Michael’s friends, family, and other loved ones are inconsolable upon his passing. Their curiosity is how he passed away. You will find all the details of his passing in this post.
Where Was Michael Yagmin’s Funeral Services Held?
The Crystal Ballroom in New Britain, Connecticut hosted Michael Yagmin’s funeral ceremonies on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Private burial took place at the family’s convenience.
What Caused Michael Yagmin to Pass Away?
At the age of 54, Yagmin was discovered deceased in his New Britain, Connecticut, condominium located at 410 Farmington Avenue. Michael Yagmin, a former New Britain municipal fire lieutenant, passed away due to an unintentional overdose.
According to the Chief Medical Examiner, xylazine, a veterinary sedative and muscle relaxant, and fentanyl combined to cause acute intoxication, which resulted in his death. The firehouse drug controversy of the previous year revolved around Yagmin.
He was sacked on February 18, 2022, for lying to investigators when it was found that he had given firefighter Matthew Dizney illegal narcotics. An internal investigation began following Dizney’s passing at his Southington residence.
At least three of the six firefighters who had used illegal drugs while performing their duties had done so, according to the investigation. Certain chemicals that were present in Michael’s body were also present in Dizney’s system.
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How Did Michael Yagmin’s Family Members Honor Him?
Mike Yagmin was born and reared in New Britain, Connecticut. In college, he was a basketball player for Central Connecticut State University. He was a coach in the New England area before becoming a scout who helped athletes attract college scouts.
“Yags” made a big impact on the neighbourhood’s grassroots basketball culture. Among the athletes he helped nurture is former NBA All-Star Andre Drummond. He also served as a mentor to UConn Huskies player Hassan Diarra.
After Yagmin’s passing, members of the New England basketball community extended condolences. The New England Basketball team tweeted, “All Mike Yagmin ever did was help get kids the exposure they needed. This guy helped New England basketball in so many indescribable ways. May your soul rest, Yags.”
All Mike Yagmin ever did was help get kids the exposure they needed. This guy helped New England basketball in so many indescribable ways. He was a nice soul with a fire and intensity to him that translated to his video coordinating and helping kids. May your soul rest, Yags. 💔 pic.twitter.com/VaBCN225ZM
— New England Basketball (@RecruitsNE) April 19, 2023
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony paid tribute to his friend by tweeting, “Heartbroken by my friend Mike Yagmin’s passing. No one was more passionate about helping young people, regardless of level, reach their dreams.”
Heartbroken by my friend Mike Yagmin’s passing. No one was more passionate about helping young people, regardless of level, reach their dreams. Glad Yags got to see his guy Hassan Diarra win a championship a few weeks ago. He’ll be sorely missed in gyms all over the Northeast. pic.twitter.com/tdcwMFWxzh
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 19, 2023
Justin Clark tweeted, “I am forever thankful to him and he will be missed by so many.”
I was just out of college trying to figure things out for myself @MikeYagmin was always a straight shooter & more than willing to lend a hand to a young kid who didn’t know much ab the basketball business. I am forever thankful to him and he will be missed by so many (Continued)
— Justin Clark (@JClark_214) April 20, 2023
He was employed as a video coordinator at St. Thomas More School, which issued the following statement after learning of his passing:
“His unwavering support of New England basketball benefited many. His legacy will always be amplified by each of the kids he helped.”
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