Pearl Jam have reached out to injured basketball star Mookie Blaylock after learning he was involved in a car crash on Friday (31May13).

The group borrowed the retired point guard's name before the bandmates became Pearl Jam.

Bassist Jeff Ament says, "I was a huge Mookie fan. He was really unselfish; great shooter; great fundamentals.

"You always worry when you meet people who have been on your radar for that long, rock stars included. He was one of the one out of 10 guys who exceeds your expectations, in terms of how nice he was."

The 46 year old lost control of his Cadillac Escalade in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia on Friday and the vehicle struck a van travelling in the opposite direction head on. A passenger in the van, Monica Murphy, died in the collision, and Blaylock was seriously injured.

He has been charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane. The crash is under investigation.