Payne was shot and killed early on Monday morning in Orlando, Florida, according to Solari.
After four years at Michigan State, Payne was selected by the Hawks with the 15th pick in the 2014 draft. He only played three games for Atlanta before being traded to Minnesota, where he spent the next two and a half seasons.
Payne’s final NBA appearance came as a two-way player with the Magic during the first part of the 2017/18 season. He was released by Orlando shortly after details of a 2010 sexual assault allegation were reported.
After being waived by the Magic, Payne signed with Panathinaikos in Greece, kicking off the overseas portion of his career. He also played in China, France and Turkey, and spent this season with Juventus Utena in Lithuania before parting ways with the team in February.
We at Hoops Rumors also send our condolences to Payne’s family and friends.