WRAL is reporting that a Wolfpack legend died today in a terrible bus accident on I40. Charles, 47, was allegedly driving a tour bus that ran off the road this afternoon just before rush hour traffic.
Charles is undoubtedly the most responsible man for one of the single most spectacular plays in college basketball history that gave many of us one of the more magical moments of our lives.
Rest in peace, big fellow. Thank you for the greatest of memories from all Wolfpack faithful.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lo and the Charles family.
Read more here: WRAL.
Update: ESPN.com story with quotes from Mark Gottfried, Dereck Whittenburg and Herb Sendek.
And here are some very nice comments from Jay Bilas:
I am deeply saddened to hear of Lorenzo Charles passing. I played against him, and guarded him. A great player. I liked him very much.
Lorenzo Charles was incredibly strong. Playing NC State, we came back to a huddle and said we were trying to foul him, but he still scored.
Lorenzo Charles could seal you, throw his foot to a spot, then bull his way to that spot. There was little you could do about it. Strong.
I played barnstorming games with Lorenzo Charles, and he was a really fun guy to be around. He was quiet, but had a great smile and laugh.
Lorenzo Charles played with Bailey, Whittenburg, Lowe, McQueen, Terry Gannon, Spud Webb, Nate McMillan, among others. Outstanding teams.
It is so sad when a contemporary passes. I will remember Lorenzo Charles at his best. And, his best was better than most could ever dream.