Son of Cleveland Cavaliers owner dies at 26


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Dan Gilbert (left) is the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He's pictured with his son Nick Gilbert at an NBA finals game in 2018.
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Nicolas Gilbert, the son of Dan Gilbert who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers, has passed away at the age of 26 due to complications arising from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes noncancerous tumors to form on nerve tissue.

Nicolas gained national recognition during the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, where he represented the Cavs and was regarded as a good luck charm. He became well-known for his thick-rimmed glasses and bow tie.

Dan Gilbert, who is the founder of Quicken Loans, the chairman of JACK Entertainment, and the owner of several other Cleveland sports teams, mourns the loss of his son.

Many called Nick the Cavs good luck charm during draft lotteries. In 2011, Cleveland nabbed the top spot and drafted Kyrie Irving. They also landed top-10 picks in 2012, 2013 and 2018.

The Temple Israel located in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, will host a funeral service for Nicolas on Tuesday at 1 p.m.