Bemidji State mourns the death of basketball player Kaden Hart

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Kaden Hart shoots a 3-pointer during a game against Martin Luther on Nov. 16, 2019, at the BSU Gymnasium. Hart died unexpectedly on June 16. (Micah Friez / Bemidji Pioneer)

Bemidji State University announced Monday the tragic death of men’s basketball player Kaden Hart.

Hart, a redshirt junior, died unexpectedly on June 16. He was 21 years old.

“We are so heart-broken with the passing of Kade. He was an intelligent, thoughtful and helpful gentle giant,” BSU men’s basketball head coach Mike Boschee said in a news release. “Kade helped us coaches in many ways, saying the things that the team needed to hear and continually trying to get his teammates to do the right things on the court.

”Our hearts go out to Kade’s family and friends closest to him. He will be missed by so many and especially our BSU community.”

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 24, at 1 p.m. at the River Valley Church in Faribault. The family encourages all visitors to follow social distancing guidelines when present at the visitation and funeral. The service will also be live streamed through a link on Hart’s obituary page at


Visitation will be held today, June 23, from 4-8 p.m. at the Parker Kohl Funeral Home in Faribault, and on Wednesday for one hour prior to the services at the church.

Hart played in 11 games for the Beavers in each of his freshman and sophomore seasons. He had a breakout game of five rebounds, two blocks and his first career 3-pointer against Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 3, 2020.

A 1,000-point scorer at Faribault High School, Hart also was a quarterback on the Falcons’ football team before graduating in 2017. He joined the Bemidji State men’s basketball team in 2017-18 and began pursuing a criminal justice degree.

Hart was also highly involved in BSU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a reflection of his faith, and was a 2019-20 Winter Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic Team selection.

Hart is survived by his mother, Connie; father, Michael; brother, Kallan; and sister, Maryn; as well as many extended family members.

His full obituary can be found here .

In the wake of tragedy, the university has shared a number of resources available to students. They include:

  • BSU’s Student Center for Health and Counseling, which has trained, licensed and confidential therapists and counselors available to meet free of charge. Call 218-755-2024 to schedule an appointment.

  • Mobile Crisis Counseling, available 24/7/365 for emergency and crisis services. Call 1-800-422-0045 to speak with a crisis counselor. The team can assist over the phone, at a residence, or any other location.

  • Crisis Line, a confidential text messaging service that provides counselors trained to respond to and defuse problems and crisis situations. Counselors can also connect people with local resources. Text “MN” to 741741 free of charge at any time.

  • Call 1-800-273-8255 for The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or connect with a counselor via web chat at Support is available 24/7 and is free and confidential.


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Bemidji State's Kaden Hart passes the ball in a game against Martin Luther on Nov. 16, 2019, at the BSU Gymnasium. (Micah Friez / Bemidji Pioneer)

Micah Friez is the former sports editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he worked at the Pioneer from 2015-23 and is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing.
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