NBL pays tribute to Corey ‘Homicide’ Williams after he passes away following a battle with cancer

Craig O'Donoghue
The Nightly
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Corey 'Homicide' Williams has passed away.
Corey 'Homicide' Williams has passed away. Credit: NBL

The NBL world is in mourning after much-loved commentator and former star Corey ‘Homicide’ Williams passed away following a battle with cancer.

Williams, 46, won a NBL MVP award before crossing to commentary where he helped to launch the league to a new level off the court.

NBL owner Larry Kestelman said his contribution to the sport won’t be forgotten.

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Corey Williams loved revving up the crowd.
Corey Williams loved revving up the crowd. Credit: Mal Fairclough/WA News

“I will personally miss Corey, as will my wife, Anita and our family. We are all at a loss right now and our thoughts and prayers are with Filagote, and his daughters Bella and Gabi, as well as his immediate and extended family, and close friends,” Kestelman said.

“Having Corey as part of the NBL commentary team was by far, one of the best decisions I ever made, and without his passion for the League and enthusiasm for the growth of the game in Australia, we simply wouldn’t be where we are today.

“Corey’s positivity was infectious. He had a laugh and smile that could light up any room. He was as big a presence off the court as he was on it, and earned a fearsome reputation on both sides of the game.

“There will never be another Corey “Homicide” Williams, may he rest in peace.”

Corey Williams in action
Corey Williams in action Credit: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Williams’ enthusiasm for basketball and desire to promote the sport often saw him clashing with Wildcats fans.

He riled Perth supporters by taking off his singlet and waving it in their direction after Townsville knocked the Wildcats out of the playoffs in an upset 2009 win, while years later, Bryce Cotton famously pointed directly at him after making a crucial basket following Williams’ call that Perth would miss the finals.

But his popularity throughout the league was clear, particularly when he addressed the crowd at the NBL awards this year.

Wildcats boss Craig Hutchison said everyone was devastated.

“Corey was a true ambassador for Australian basketball, both on and off the court. His impact on the sport and the lives of those around him was immeasurable. Corey’s energy, enthusiasm, and genuine love for the game made him a joy to work with and an inspiration to us all,” he said.

“He was not only a great athlete but also an incredible showman and entertainer. Corey’s larger-than-life personality and infectious charisma made him a beloved figure among fans and teammates alike. His contributions as a broadcaster have been pivotal in the resurgence of the NBL, bringing the excitement and passion of the game to audiences across the country.

“Corey was an incredible human being, and his loss will be deeply felt by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. The entire SEN team is saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with Corey’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

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