Son Of The Owner Of The Cleveland Cavaliers Dies At 26

Nick Gilbert was the son of Dan and Jennifer Gilbert. Dan Gilbert is also the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

When Nick was little, he was diagnosed with a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis (NF1). NF1 is a condition that causes noncancerous tumors to grow on the skin, spinal cord and brain. There is no cure for this condition, and it’s not as rare as one might think. NF1 can cause problems with learning, vision, breathing and can even be a risk factor for cancer. 

On May 7, 2023, Ira Kaufman Chapel, which is located in Southfield, Michigan, the state where the Gilbert family lives, announced the sad news that Nick had died. He was only 26 years old. The cause of death was NF1.

The Cavaliers released a statement about Nick’s death. The statement explained, “Nick was a light and inspiration to so many throughout his 26 years of life.” The statement continued, “Whether taking on his signature role as the Cavs’ good luck charm during several NBA Draft Lotteries or using his voice to advocate in the fight against NF, Nick’s unrelenting spirit has been a driving force behind our organization.”

Dan often sent his son to the NBA draft, and two times with Nick representing the Cavaliers, the team got the #1 draft pick. That’s why Nick was considered the team’s good luck charm.

Nick was known for his signature bow tie that he would often wear. In honor of Nick, the team partnered with the Children’s Tumor Foundation and the Gilbert family’s foundation to launch the Bow Tie campaign. The purpose of the Bow Tie campaign is to raise funds to bring awareness to NF1.

Upon hearing the news of Nick’s death, the mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan, tweeted, “Nick inspired people everywhere with his bravery and brought joy to everyone he met.” He added, “All of Detroit has the Gilbert family in our prayers today.”

Nick’s funeral is scheduled to take place at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, on Tuesday June 13, 2023.

Watch the video below to learn more about Nick and NF1.

Rest in peace.