After two years battling cancer Andrew Smith, a former Butler basketball standout who played in two national championship games, passed away today. He was 25 years old.
His wife Samantha posted the news earlier this afternoon on Twitter:
Andrew peacefully passed away in his sleep and in my arms as I told him I loved him this morning. Love you always, Smith.
— Samantha Smith (@Samantha44Smith) January 12, 2016
His college coach Brad Stevens, who currently coaches the Celtics, also tweeted a message for Smith after missing Thursday’s game against the Bulls to visit him in an Indianapolis hospital:
To the toughest guy I ever met – Thank you, Andrew. We love you and will always be inspired by you.
— Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens) January 12, 2016
In reaction to today’s news, Butler also released a statement:
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“The Butler community is profoundly sad today with the news of Andrew’s passing. We saw the way Andrew fought on the basketball court and we saw the way he fought for his health. In both cases, we saw the best of Andrew Smith. But that’s what we always saw from Andrew. He gave his all, all the time. As an Academic All-American, he represented the best of Butler in the classroom and on the court. Above all else, what made Andrew special was the way that he genuinely cared for others. Within his large frame was an even larger heart. He is, was, and always will be a Bulldog. The Butler community is proud to have been part of his life, and our thoughts are with his wife, Samantha; his parents, Debbie and Curt; and the rest of his family.”
Copyright 2016 IAR Magazine