Ailene Voisin, sports columnist

Vlade Divac’s father perishes in auto accident

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Vlade Divac’s father, Milenko, died in an auto accident earlier today near Cacak, Serbia. His mother, Radmila, was seriously injured but is expected to survive. According to various reports, the car struck a light pole, went off the road, and then rolled several times. Milenko was 77.

Divac, who heads the Serbian Olympic Committee, played for the Kings from 1998-2004. His jersey, No.21, has been retired and hangs from the rafters at Sleep Train Arena.

The tragedy undoubtedly revives horrific memories for the beloved Kings center. Drazen Petrovic, the Croatian star and Divac’s closest boyhood friend, also perished in an auto accident in Germany, 1993. Weeks earlier, Petrovic, an exceptional shooter for the New Jersey Nets, had been an All-NBA selection.

Call The Bee’s Ailene Voisin, (916) 321-1208.

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Ailene Voisin, sports columnist

Ailene Voisin

Ailene Voisin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UNLV and a law degree from the University of San Diego before committing full time to journalism.

Her career includes stops at the San Diego Union, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and time spent as the backup beat writer for Dodgers and Angels, Clippers and NBA beat writer, sports columnist, along with numerous assignments covering international events and the Olympics. Ailene joined The Sacramento Bee in 1997.

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