Former ESU Hoops Great Found Dead In Hotel Room

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Emporia, Kan (WIBW) --- Former Emporia State University basketball star Sean Robbins has been found dead in a Chicago hotel room. Robbins was traveling on business according to an ESU official. At the time of his death, Robbins was employed by WSI Kimberly-Clark near Tulsa and he resided in Owasso, OK. He was 41.

Robbins played at Emporia State as a freshman in 1990-91 and again from 1992-95, after a year at Kansas State. Robbins averaged 18.4 points per game in his career and his 1,396 points ranks him 7th in the all-time Hornet record book. Robbins' 45 points against Lincoln in 1995 is still the 10th highest single-game total in ESU history. His 216 made 3-point FGs is still a school record. Robbins was 2nd team All-MIAA his senior season in 1995.

Prior to his career at E-State, Robbins was a star at Waverly High School.

Robbins' funeral is set for Friday morning at 10am in the Waverly High School gymnasium.

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Sean Michael Robbins, the son of Dennis and Carol Hermreck Robbins was born on December 30, 1971, in Emporia, Kansas.

Sean grew up in Waverly, Kansas. He graduated from Waverly High School in 1990. He was only the second person to be named to the First Team All-State in Basketball and Football in All Classes for the State of Kansas. He played for the North Squad Basketball Team at the Olympic Festival in Los Angeles, in 1992, where his team took gold. He went to Emporia State University on a basketball scholarship. He graduated from Ottawa University. He also loved to play golf. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Waverly. He was employed by Warehouse Specialist, Inc., in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Sean married Lisa Walker, on August 25, 2001, at the Most Pure Heart Catholic Church in Topeka. They were later divorced.

Sean died on Sunday, August 4, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois.

Sean is survived by his children, Chloe and Cooper Robbins, of Owasso, Oklahoma, his parents, Dennis and Carol Robbins, of Waverly, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 9, 2013, at the Waverly Gymnasium in Waverly, Kansas, with burial following at St. Joseph Cemetery, Waverly.

Rosary service will be at 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 8, at the Waverly Gym, with visitation following from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the "Robbins Children Education Fund", for the benefit of Sean's two young children. Contributions may be sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, PO Box 277, Burlington, KS 66839-0277.