Memphis basketball player Karim Sameh Azab dies after battle with leukemia

Memphis basketball player Karim Sameh Azab died Thursday after a seven-month battle with leukemia, a university spokesman confirmed.  

Azab, 22, announced in April that he had been diagnosed with leukemia after the 2017-18 regular season. 

The University of Memphis subsequently set up a donation page in order for supporters to make contributions to assist Azab's family with medical and other expenses, as permitted by NCAA rules. More than $12,000 was raised on Azab's behalf.

Azab, who is from Giza, Egypt, had his parents in Memphis with him as he received medical care in recent months. 

Former Memphis coach Tubby Smith told The Commercial Appeal in April that Azab began complaining of discomfort in his shoulder leading into the Tigers' appearance in the American Athletic Conference tournament. 

Smith was then informed of Azab's illness after he had been fired by Memphis.

Azab received the Coach Dave Loos MVP Award at September's Tennessee Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Reception in Nashville in recognition of his fight with cancer.

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