Devin Erwin Smith, 35 – Heart Failure, Norwegian Dreamward Passenger, August 9, 1996, Time of Death is unknown.
August 9, 1996, Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship MS Dreamward, NBA professional basketball player Derek Ervin Smith, 35, died on the cruise with his family and Washington Bullets team mates while the cruise ship was near Bermuda.
Derek Ervin Smith had been working as an assistant coach for the Washington Bullets who were on a cruise for Washington Bullets and Washington Capitals season ticket holders.
Derek Ervin Smith who had scored over 5,000 points during his NBA career and fellow team mate Tim Legler held basketball clinics for cruise ship passengers during the cruise. Derek Ervin Smith had been assistant coach for the Washington Bullets since 1994.
MS Dreamward was on the return trip from Bermuda to New York when he suffered a massive heart attack during a farewell cocktail party with fellow Washington Bullets team mates. Medical personnel aboard MS Dreamward attempted to revive him for 25 minutes without results. He was pronounced dead at sea.
Derek Ervin Smith is known for popularizing the term “high five”.