Thursday, May 11, 2006
Cavaliers' Hughes takes leave after brother's death
Mary Schmitt Boyer
Plain Dealer Reporter
Cavaliers guard Larry Hughes is likely to miss Saturday's playoff game against Detroit following the death of his brother.
Justin Hughes, 20, passed away Thursday morning. He was born with a heart defect. The Cavaliers did not announce the cause of his death.
Larry Hughes left the team to be with his family in St. Louis. It is not known when he'll return. The Cavs host Detroit in Game 3 of their series on Saturday at 5 p.m.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with ... the entire Hughes family during this very difficult time," said Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry. "Justin Hughes touched all of us in a special way with his resilient life. Life sometimes helps put the proper perspective on basketball, and this is one of those occasions. Now is a time for Larry to be with his family as they deal with the loss of Justin. The timetable for Larry's return to the Cavaliers has not been determined.
"The Cavaliers would like to encourage donations to The Larry Hughes Family Foundation as they continue their support of donors and recipients of organ transplants."
The Larry Hughes Family Foundation assists families of organ
donors and recipients with financial and emotional needs, and works to educate the public about organ and tissue donations. The foundation was established in August 2000 by Larry and Vanessa Hughes on behalf of Justin.
The Foundation address is: The Larry Hughes Family Foundation, 1021 South Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63117.