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Kevin Durant is dealing with tragedy.

Clifford Dixon, who KD refers to as his "adopted brother," was shot and killed outside of Atlanta, police confirmed Thursday. 

The Chamblee Police Department issued the following statement:

"The Chamblee Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred this morning at 0117 a.m. at the SL Lounge at 4186 Buford Hwy. The victim, 32-year old Clifford Dixon, had just arrived at the location and was standing in the parking lot when the offender shot him multiple times. First responders administered aid, and the victim was transported to Grady Hospital where medical staff advised that he had succumbed to his injuries. The offender fled the scene on foot. Chamblee investigators are actively working the case and following up on all available leads."

Dixon, who turned 32 years old on March 17, reportedly was celebrating his birthday. 

Durant's mother, Wanda, expressed her condolences.

Durant started for the Warriors on Thursday against the Indiana Pacers. Coach Steve Kerr said Durant never indicated he wouldn't play, and explained how suiting up could be a necessary outlet. 

"For most of us, who play in this game [and] who coach this game, being able to play, being able to immerse yourself is the best way to deal with something tragic and something difficult," Kerr told reporters at Oracle Arena. "I know he will he playing with a heavy heart tonight, and I hope he can lose himself in the game and find some joy in the game itself."