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Memphis basketball player Karim Sameh Azab dies after eight-month battle with leukemia

Memphis basketball player Karim Sameh Azab dies after eight-month battle with leukemia
Published On: Sat, Nov 17
Mar 10, 2014; Asheville, NC, USA; Chattanooga Lady Mocs forward Taylor Hall (31) accepts the plaque for Most Outstanding Player after defeating Davidson Wildcats in the championship game of the Southern Conference basketball tournament at U.S. Cellular Center. Chattanooga defeated Davidson 71-45. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis basketball player Karim Sameh Azab died Thursday, eight months after he was diagnosed with leukemia, the university announced. He was 22.

Azab complained to team personnel of shoulder pain ahead of the American Athletic Conference tournament in Orlando last spring. He told doctors he felt a lump underneath his armpit, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and sat out the tournament because of the discomfort.

He was later diagnosed with leukemia lymphoma.

a€œI have started treatment and am working through the process,a€ he wrote on Twitter after the diagnosis, a€œbut I wanted to spread the word and ask for your prayers to help strengthen me in this journey.a€

A native of Giza, Egypt, Azab was set to start at center for the Tigers in the 2017-18 season after dropping 40 pounds since joining the team to get in better shape.

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