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Terrence Clarke passes away after a car accident in California

(Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

It is with a heavy heat that we pass along the following news. WKYT is reporting that former Wildcat Terrence Clarke passed away after a car accident this afternoon in California. He was on the way home from a workout with former teammate BJ Boston, who was in the car behind him. Clarke was only 19 years old.

Clarke signed with Klutch Sports on Wednesday. His agent, Rich Paul, confirmed the news to ESPN.

“We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke,” Paul said in a statement. “Terrence was an incredible, hard-working young man. He was excited for what was ahead of him and ready to fulfill his dreams. Our prayers go out to Terrence and his family, who ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

The Massachusetts native committed to Kentucky back on September 14, 2019 after a prolific career at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He was a consensus five-star recruit and ranked as high as No. 8 in the final Rivals’ rankings, making the McDonald’s All American Game, the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic and the Jordan Brand Classic. He was named 2020 England Preparatory School Athletic Council AAA Player of the Year and led Brewster Academy to the 2019 National Prep Championships and had his team back in the 2020 finals before the remainder of the event was canceled due to the pandemic. He chose the Cats over Duke, Memphis, Boston College, UCLA, and Texas Tech.

“I chose Kentucky because of the legacy,” Clarke said when he signed with Kentucky. “I want to be a part of this history and leave my mark on a program that has helped other players reach their full potential in college and maximize their time at Kentucky. Looking back at players like Devin Booker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jamal Murray, Tyler Herro and even more, their next step was not certain until they put in the work at Kentucky and made it happen on the big stage. That’s a challenge I want to take on and work for to be the best me next year.”

Due to a right leg injury, Clarke played in only eight games at Kentucky, making six starts and averaging 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He declared for the NBA Draft last month, foregoing his eligibility. He signed with Klutch Sports only yesterday.

“As an adolescent, having the privilege to put on the Kentucky uniform and play in front of the BBN was always a lifelong goal of mine,” Clarke said when he declared for the Draft. “Although it was hindered due to things out of my own control, the experience is something I will keep with me forever. I have grown a lot with this experience and I will never take it for granted. After discussing it with my family, I have decided to renounce my eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft. I had high expectations coming into this season and, of course, didn’t expect to be injured, which I understand is part of the game. Thank you to Coach Cal, the coaching staff and my teammates! BBN, I hope to make you all proud as I pursue my dreams.”

Prior to his injury, Clarke was one of Kentucky’s biggest weapons, scoring in double figures in four of his first five games. In his college debut, he had 12 points, four assists and three steals in Kentucky’s rout of Morehead State. His best performance came against Georgia Tech, in which he finished with 22 points and three assists, going 9-14 from the floor with three 3-pointers. Although recruited as a shooting guard, he shared point guard duties with Devin Askew and Davion Mintz, giving the Cats the ability to attack the rim they so desperately needed. He scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds vs. Richmond and posted 14 points with three assists vs. Notre Dame.

After suffering his leg injury vs. North Carolina, Clarke played through the pain vs. Louisville before being sidelined for the conference season. Even while out, he was the consummate teammate, offering his peers encouragement on the sidelines as he worked towards recovery. Once cleared for action two months later, he returned in the Kentucky’s lone SEC Tournament game, finishing with two points and three assists in nine minutes in the loss to Mississippi State.

“The great thing for us and for him, one, he’s the first one on the floor, first one on the bus. He wants to do this for the team,” Calipari said ahead of Clarke’s return. “He understands that he may not play a game. Maybe he does, but maybe he doesn’t. He wants to do it for the team…It’s all about team for him. He said, “Whatever this team needs from me, I’m here. If I don’t play, I’m fine. If you want to put me in, fine, I’m ready to go.”

Our hearts break for Terrence Clarke’s family, friends, and the Kentucky Basketball program. Please keep in them in your thoughts and prayers tonight.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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104 Comments for Terrence Clarke passes away after a car accident in California



  1. WildcatNation
    9:21 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Absolutely heartbreaking



  2. MississippiBlue
    9:22 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Heart…broken.



    • blueballs80
      9:31 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

      What the hell. Life taken so short. Prayers to the family. BBN is hurting.



    • fredlexky
      10:00 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

      So sad, prayers for his family.



  3. Memphis UK Cat
    9:22 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Just terrible!



    • BLUEVADER
      10:00 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

      Damn you think you are having a bad day or week or whatever the case may be. Wow! Kid was going to be special!! So sad heartbreaking for family and friends. PRAYERS go out to family my heart is TRULY heavy we lost a member of BBN



    • Kykat1950
      10:18 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

      Beyond shocked and sad that a life is taken at such a young age. BBN sends prayers to the family, friends, and team. Parents should not have to bury their children.



  4. KYJelly
    9:23 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    So sad. Prayers for his family and friends



  5. catsfan1995
    9:23 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    I’m so sick… prayers to his family. Life isn’t fair



    • Gogh Big Bleu
      9:25 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

      Sick. That is the right word. I also am utterly sick at hearing this news.



  6. east-ky-boy
    9:24 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Terrible! Prayers for his family



  7. Qbert
    9:24 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Ugh. Just ugh.



  8. JGo
    9:24 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    WHAT? This is absolutely horrible!



  9. Gogh Big Bleu
    9:24 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    My jaw dropped and then I thought, “Oh it must be an older former player from a while back,” but not being able to place the name anywhere in the past.

    This is an utter shock. So tragic and sad. May God comfort his family and friends.



  10. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    9:24 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Condolences to the family.



  11. cardsandcats
    9:24 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Gut wrenching news, gone way too soon



  12. tdub
    9:24 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    So sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers lifted up.



  13. WildcatsfaninGA
    9:25 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Such a terrible tragedy!! Prayers for his family.



  14. remey
    9:25 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Just heartbroken for his dreams and potential he had that will never be shown praying for his family devastating



  15. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    9:25 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    RIP young man. Thought and prayers to you family and friends. Cherish life, tell others you love them and never hold grudges! So much potential on and off the court.



  16. ukkatzfan
    9:25 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Prayers for his family, BJ and all his other friends



  17. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    9:25 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    GODSPEED young man



  18. Robert
    9:25 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    So sad.



  19. JoeBee
    9:26 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Horrible, RIP young Wildcat.



  20. Miller45
    9:27 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Oh god



  21. Cletis75
    9:27 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    My daughter is 18. I hope his family can find peace someday soon. Absolutely terrible for someone to pass so young.



    • Gogh Big Bleu
      9:36 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

      It really hits home when you have kids, doesn’t it? I’m very heartbroken for him and his family right now.



  22. Ol Jim
    9:27 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Terrible to hear. So sad and truly heartbreaking. Prayers to the family.



  23. 4everUKBlue
    9:28 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Horrible news, prayers to the family and friends, just shows you nothing is promised.



  24. JT55
    9:28 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    RIP ?. Life is short and can be taken away in the blink of an eye. Jesus saves!



    • joseph_daniel
      9:29 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

      I pray this young man knew the Lord. I believe in my heart that he did.



  25. bigcat68
    9:28 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Devastating. That’s all I can say.



  26. unbridled
    9:29 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    May God be with his family. May God accept him with an eternal embrace. So sad and so heartbreaking



  27. SuperTroy18
    9:29 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    So young. This is absolutely devastating.



  28. BobbyBlue
    9:29 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Unbelievable —Prayers for his family !



  29. bigblue98
    9:30 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Prayers to his family and also to those at UK who had honor of knowing him. May god put his arm around and comfort all of them.



  30. cllikeky
    9:30 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Prayers for his family, friends, and teammates. Heartbreaking



  31. UKBigBlueForever
    9:31 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Omg



  32. UKBigBlueForever
    9:31 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    This is absolutely terrible



  33. neat1ky
    9:31 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Sad Boston saw it, can’t imagine how this will affect him too, very sad this happened



  34. Urincatland
    9:32 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Heartbreaking, Prayers for the family!



  35. Beaver_Fever
    9:32 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Wildcat forever. Rest in peace #5.



  36. GoCatz
    9:32 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Shocked and sad, he seemed like such a great kid, always had a smile. In God’s hands now.



  37. Ready4Nine
    9:34 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Horrifying. Unbelievably tragic.



  38. UKBigBlueForever
    9:34 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    This is when you realize basketball isn’t everything. If you don’t after hearing this, you have no heart at all.



  39. Bluehender
    9:34 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    So sad. Prayers for his family and friends..



  40. Nickerbocker05
    9:34 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    I’m in tears!



  41. cDIDDLE88
    9:35 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Damn..



  42. Biggie71
    9:35 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Live life to the fullest folks, you never know when your time is up. Hearts full of peace for his family!



  43. kyle macys socks
    9:36 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Heartbroken to hear this. It sometimes is easy as fans to lose sight of the fact that these are young men with lives and families outside of basketball. Rest in peace young man.



  44. foreleft3
    9:39 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Awful news. Prayers to the family.



  45. Matty Arbuckle
    9:40 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Horrible news. ?



  46. Ninjashock
    9:41 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    I keep refreshing the page like the story’s going to go away.

    What tragic, gut punching news. Best wishes to the family, but we all know nothing will fix this. RIP Terrence :'(



  47. IndianaSucks
    9:43 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    That is just awful news



  48. Aar
    9:44 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    I am completely heartbroken for the Clarke family. Just watching on TV, it was obvious that, even through his injury, Terrence was an awesome presence, teammate and member of BBN. Rest In Peace, young man. Much love.



  49. clarks
    9:45 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Very very sad. Prayers to the family. Life can be gone in an instant as my brother also died suddenly in a car crash. I appreciate every second with my family because you never know. The big blue nation is here for the entire Clarke family and friends. Rest in peace



  50. RealCatsFan
    9:46 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    I was just brought crashing down from the high of UK Volleyball by this news. Such a tragic thing to happen to such a bright young light who had such a promising future. Life can change in an instant. Never miss a chance to tell your loved ones how you feel about them. Prayers that the Lord will wrap His loving arms around Terrence and his family.



  51. BlueTilltheDayIDie
    9:46 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Once a wildcat always a wildcat. Rest in heaven Terrance. Hate to see a kid taken so early in life. Prayers to family, friends, teammates and everyone who knew him



  52. TheMaxCat
    9:46 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    no words! so very sad! RIP Terrance



  53. mashman 93
    9:47 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Terrible news.



  54. WKY Cat
    9:48 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    God speed for him and his family.



  55. nocode96
    9:49 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    I was hoping it was a mistake, just bad info. I wish it was. Outside of the scope of him being a wildcat, a 19 yo kid just shuffled off this mortal coil. This hurts. Not only because it’s one of our own, just because it’s such a tragedy. I can’t fathom the suffering his family is going through. BJ will likely need a lot of therapy and support, you can’t just witness something like this and move on, especially when it’s someone you’re so close to. Hug your kids tight BBN, never miss an opportunity to tell them you love them.



    • Nickerbocker05
      10:43 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

      Exactly nocode… I’ve had to go through losing my best friend right infront of my eyes and that’s one of if nothing the hardest shit I’ve ever gone through as a human being



  56. Big Sexy
    9:50 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    That is so sad. Prayer for his family in coping. So young and so many opportunities ahead of him. Just heartbreaking.



  57. UKBigBlueForever
    9:51 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    I still can’t believe this is true.



  58. Dr. Tom
    9:53 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    So sad. RIP young man. Condolences to the family and to BJ.



  59. Good Times
    9:54 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    There are just no words. Utterly shocked by this. Prayers for his family and for BJ who must be having a hell of a time coping with the loss of his BBN brother.



  60. jakew60
    9:55 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    This is so sad to hear tbh this kid was gonna really change his life along with his families, I just feel terrible for him and for BJ. Truly sending prayers and condolences to Bj and Terrence’s family.



  61. BIGblueFootBallGuy
    10:03 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Devastated to hear this news. Prayers for his family and BJ Boston.



  62. EastKY-BlueBlood
    10:08 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Speechless rip



  63. WKY Cat
    10:11 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Life is short. Prayers for his family. God speed.



  64. CJKAssassin123
    10:15 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    HFS!!! Absolutely heartbreaking.



  65. CJKAssassin123
    10:17 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Who hit him?



  66. NUM1UKFANFROMTHEVILLE
    10:19 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Absolutely crushed hearing this news. I was most excited to see Clarke this yr out of anyone and has high expectations for him bc I seen his potential. Rest in a power young king and if that last quote by Cal talking about when Terrance returned doesn’t show how unselfish and awesome of a hue man he is, I just hate to hear this news. Rest in power Terrance. Prayers to his family, friends,teammates and BBN and his fans everywhere. The basketball family is hurting rn all levels



  67. BCO
    10:21 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Unreal. His life was just beginning.



  68. sharpshooter81
    10:26 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    So so sad news to hear about this young man. I read the article on how it happened and sounds like it definitely could have been prevented. Makes it even worse.

    Please everyone take something from this tragedy and do the speed limit and obey the laws of the road.



  69. UKFanSC
    10:38 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Dear lord. This is beyond heartbreaking



  70. BrassowFan
    10:45 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Very sad indeed, I feel terrible for this young man and his family! RIP!



  71. TBW3011
    10:49 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    So sad. RIP Terrence and so sorry to friends and family.



  72. Kfckernel
    10:51 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Praying for his family. Tragic.



  73. Tits_Magee
    11:01 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    My heart is broken for his mother and family. May the young man rest in eternal peace. Damn…



  74. BBNParkerCO
    11:02 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    RIP Terrence. Once a “Wildcat” always a “Wildcat” and thank you for your contributions and dedication to the University of Kentucky. All my heartfelt condolences to TC’s family and friends as I know this is a devastating loss.



  75. ukcamel
    11:02 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    This is gut-wrenching. Prayers to his family!



  76. CJKAssassin123
    11:19 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    My gut hurts!



    • katmandue2you
      1:59 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

      Sometimes it’s better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Some things just call for silence



    • CJKAssassin123
      6:34 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

      All I said was that my gut hurts. I was referring to heartbreaking and gut wrenching this tragedy is. Mind your own God Damn business prick!



  77. michaelb
    11:20 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Undeserved



  78. friendsofcoal
    11:32 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    So sad and just not fair…RIP Terrance. God be with him and his family at such a awful tragic time. ??



  79. CJKAssassin123
    11:46 pm April 22, 2021 Permalink

    Not returning to UK costed him his life! Never thought that could ever be the reality. Just horrible my thoughts and prayers are with his family. Now we have to win the National title next season.



    • nocode96
      7:30 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

      Really? Really Dude? JFC man, there’s a time and place for everything, even your perpetually dumb takes on everything, but this isn’t it. “Costed”.



    • CJKAssassin123
      8:00 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

      I understand how insensitive my comments sounded,I wasn’t tying to insult anyone. However if you think about it if he had chosen to remain in Lexington he would still be alive. Again not trying to insult anyone, I’m just stating the obvious. Nothing more, nothing less. May Terrence R.I.P, The “Black Panther”now protects him in heaven now and forever!!!



  80. ClutchCargo
    12:21 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

    As a dad of a 19 year old and a UK fan, this hits close to home. Prayers for his family.



  81. CJKAssassin123
    12:57 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

    I have heard some details about the crash. Apparently he was hit by a van who’s driver was texting while driving and didn’t see Terrence and T-bone him. Terrence apparently also wasn’t wearing a seat belt and the force of the collision threw him through the windshield, and from what i was hearing he was dead before he hit the pavement.



    • Blue Bill
      9:27 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

      Damn you have no filter on that pea brain.



    • CJKAssassin123
      11:47 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

      No I’m CM Punk 2.0



    • katmandue2you
      10:10 am April 24, 2021 Permalink

      Like I said…it’s better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. You need to learn when things are better left unsaid



  82. beauleonard
    3:03 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

    When a tragedy of this type and magnitude takes place, one truly has to give takes to God for allowing us to go out into the world and then make it back home safely to our families each day. This is heartbreaking. So young, and such a bright future ahead of him. Prayers for peace and comfort for TC’s family, friends, teammates. God Bless BBN.



  83. Boro Boy
    7:24 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

    Very sad. I pray for his family and all his friends, it is a significant struggle to find peace when your child is killed…as a parent who has lost a child there will be so many difficult days for his parents and surrounding family in the future…birthdays and holidays are very painful especially in the present time. His parents will go through a very difficult time and may even be so upset to pass judgment on our savior…but turning to him in moments like this I assure you he provides healing too….I will continue to pray for this family and hope that their supporting cast provides them as much love as I had when my daughter passed ….RIP #5



  84. KentuckyBoy
    7:26 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

    Prayers and condolences to the family and his teammates and coaches. This sort of tragedy always hurts the worst. Young people who haven’t yet had the opportunity to learn the true meaning of life. What a terrible loss.



  85. DaveT999
    8:30 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

    Life isn’t supposed to go like this. A young man, chasing a dream, gone too soon. Hugs your loved ones, spend time together, and treat people with respect.



  86. secrick
    8:46 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

    So sorry to hear this . Prayers for his family.



  87. millertim
    10:25 am April 23, 2021 Permalink

    Tragic beyond words… R.I.P. young man!