RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A former UNC basketball player who was married to the Rev. Billy Graham’s daughter died Wednesday after he was found unresponsive in a pool at his home in Wake County on Monday afternoon, according to a Facebook post by his wife.
Rex Hospital confirmed his death in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Dr. Daniel “Danny” Lotz was discovered at his home in the 5900 block of Pondersosa Road Monday.
“Dr. Lotz had been hospitalized since Aug. 17, after his heart stopped while he was swimming at his Raleigh home,” Rex said in a statement. “Emergency responders arrived quickly on the scene Monday afternoon and restarted his heart before transporting him to Rex Hospital. Since then, a team of compassionate medical professionals at Rex’s ICU has worked tirelessly to restore Dr. Lotz’s body. Every possible attempt was made, but his doctors determined this morning nothing more could be done and it was time to cease life-supportive measures.”
The home is owned by Daniel and Anne Lotz, according to Wake County property records.
Anne Graham Lotz founded AnGeL Ministries in Raleigh.
She discovered her husband, Dr. Daniel “Danny” Lotz unresponsive in the pool at their home, she wrote on Facebook Monday night.
On Tuesday morning, she posted on Facebook that Danny Lotz remains in intensive care.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Lotz posted, “Danny is holding his own. The next 24 hours are critical and should give us some answers.”
At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Anne Graham Lotz wrote: “Danny Lotz: God’s Gladiator March 30, 1937 – August 19, 2015.”
Dr. Lotz was a former dentist in the Raleigh area and a UNC-Chapel Hill basketball player who was on the 1957 team that won the NCAA championship.
UNC released a statement following Lotz’ death:
“The University of North Carolina and the Tar Heel basketball program extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Danny Lotz. He was a true gentleman and beloved member of our Tar Heel family. His brother, John, who passed away several years ago, was also a wonderful ambassador for the University as well as an outstanding basketball coach. Danny and his teammates permanently etched their names in the history books as members of the undefeated 1957 national champions, but his positive impact on people went far beyond basketball. Our prayers go out to the Lotz and Graham families and all of Danny’s friends, colleagues and teammates.”