Nick Gilbert, the fortunate charm of the NBA club and the son of Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, passed away at the age of 26 from a hereditary illness he had battled since he was a little child.The Ira Kaufman Chapel announced the sad news on Sunday morning. Saying that he passed away on Saturday peacefully at home surrounded by family.
Nick Gilbert Cause of Death
Gilbert has neurofibromatosis, a disorder thatresults in non cancerous tumours. Growing along nerves in the skin, brain, and other regions of the body. It has no known cure or effective therapy. He underwent numerous brain surgeries and chemotherapy when he was originally diagnosed at the age of 15 months,which caused him to lose his vision.
The 26-year old gained notoriety among NBA fans for attending the Draught Lottery every year. Starting in 2011 asthe Cavaliers’ charm following their dreadful first season without LeBron James. As a result of his attendance at the event, they were able to select Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick. Who later gained notoriety for donning bow ties at the age of 14. He continued to represent the squad in 2012, when they finished fourth. But again in 2013, when they were selected first overall.
Nick Gilbert Father’s Response
When the news of Gilbert’s passing was made public, tributes for the 26-year-old soon started to come in. The Cavaliers honoured Gilbert by donning bowties on their warm-up jackets. ‘We want to give a particular gratitude to Cleveland fans for always accepting Nick and providing him support and love over the years,’ Nick’s father, said at the start of the season.
We’re leveraging the Cavs’ platform this year to spread awareness of NF and the millions of people affected by the illness. Although there isn’t a cure yet, we hope that our efforts will fund innovative research. We therefore ask that you keep Nick and all others fighting NF in your hearts as you support the Cavaliers this season.
After Nick’s death the Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also tweeted his condolences. ‘Nick inspired people everywhere with his bravery and brought joy to everyone he met. All of Detroit has the Gilbert family in our prayers today.’
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