• My Scores
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL

Young boy dies the day before Roy Hibbert's scheduled visit

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Awful. Just awful.

On Thursday, we passed along the heartbreaking while also heartwarming story of Roy Hibbert making his way to Sacramento to visit a 12-year-old fan of his that was dying of leukemia.

And on Friday, the day before Hibbert was scheduled to visit, Lee Eddins passed away. Via the Indy Star:

"I was very saddened and distraught," Hibbert said in an interview Thursday afternoon on CNN. "I want to keep his spirit and memory alive and be part of his cause."

Hibbert was on the way to the Indianapolis airport when he was informed of Lee's death. The 7-footer still flew to California to meet Lee's family.

Lee, who became a fan of Hibbert's while he was at Georgetown, had dreamed of watching Hibbert's Pacers take on the Kings when they visisted Sacramento. But because of his illness, that wasn't going to be possible, so Hibbert was set to come meet him.

Sadly, he was too late.

"He touched me without me even meeting him," Hibbert said of Lee during the CNN interview. "The way he fought, his strength, I dedicated my season to his cause."

Simply heartbreaking.


CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre

nba Video

April 26, 2015
Grizzlies at Blazers Game 3 recap (2:53)
April 26, 2015
Curry on sweeping the Pelicans
April 26, 2015
Warriors at Pelicans Game 4 recap
April 25, 2015
Hawks at Nets Game 3 recap


Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

Men's New Era Red Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015 NFL Draft On-Stage 59FIFTY Fitted Hat

2015 NFL Draft Day Hats
Get your team today
Shop Now