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A College Basketball Player Passed Away Today

An aerial shot of Memphis' basketball court.

MEMPHIS, TN - FEBRUARY 23: The FedExForum is sold out as fans watch the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Memphis Tigers at FedExForum on February 23, 2008 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

A college basketball player passed away on Thursday. The University of Memphis announced that basketball player Karim SamehAzab passed away this week after his battle with leukemia. 

Azab was diagnosed with cancer just nine months ago. The Tigers' forward was diagnosed earlier this year after he complained of shoulder pain that turned into a diagnosis of leukemia lymphoma.

He was just 22 years old.

Memphis president M. David Rudd released a statement about Azab's passing.

 "The University of Memphis is deeply saddened by the passing of KarimAzab. It is never easy when someone so young has their life cut short. Karim showed great courage battling with tremendous fight and determination. He was proud of being a Tiger, and Karim will be missed immensely. Our thoughts are with his family, as well as his friends, teammates and fellow UofM students, faculty and staff. The spirit of Karim will never be forgotten at the University of Memphis."

Azab spent most of the 2017-18 season as a reserve player. He saw action in 15 games last season and finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

Our thoughts are with Azab's family and the Memphis community.