North Carolina forward Dawson Garcia will not return to Chapel Hill this season, the Tar Heels announced on Thursday afternoon.

Garcia has missed UNC’s last six games due to a family medical issue. He’s been back at home in Minnesota to be with family since departing the team.

“After the loss of several very special family members this past year, I came close to losing my dad in December and my grandma is currently in the ICU,” Garcia said in a statement. “With my dad recovering and my grandma fighting for her life, it’s not even a question to me where I need to be right now.”

Here’s his full statement:

Garcia still has three years of eligibility remaining and could return to North Carolina next season. His future plans are unknown.

North Carolina coach Hubert Davis was supportive of Garcia’s decision to remain home in Minnesota.

“I love coaching Dawson and understand his primary concern right now is his family’s health and welfare, and his focus continues to be with them as it should be,” Davis said in the release. “We miss him being part of our program and wish him and his family well and look forward to his return to the game at the appropriate time.”

Brady Manek has stepped into Garcia’s starting role and has performed well. However, the Tar Heels do miss Garcia’s shooting ability and depth.

North Carolina plays again on Saturday vs. Wake Forest.