NBA rocked as wife of Cleveland legend Zydrunas Ilgauskas dies at 50

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Jennifer Ilgauskas, the wife of Cleveland Cavs icon Zydrunas has tragically died at the age of 50. Pic: Twitter
Jennifer Ilgauskas, the wife of Cleveland Cavs icon Zydrunas has tragically died at the age of 50. Pic: Twitter

The NBA world is in mourning after news of the tragic death of Jennifer Ilgauskas, the wife of Cleveland Cavaliers legend Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Ms Ilgauskas died on September 11 at the age of 50, with no cause of death listed on her obituary, which was published by McGreevey Funeral Homes.

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Jennifer worked in the medical sector in Ohio, and was the owner of Rebound Physical Therapy, North Olmsted Urgent Care, Lakewood Urgent Care, and medical billing company Darbo.

The obituary paid tribute to the charitable work that Ms Ilgauskas was involved in and the many lives she had a positive influence on.

Zydrunas and Jennifer Ilgauskas are seen here with Cavs icons Dwyane Wade, Juwan Howard and Chris Bosh, as well as their partners. Pic: Getty
Zydrunas and Jennifer Ilgauskas are seen here with Cavs icons Dwyane Wade, Juwan Howard and Chris Bosh, as well as their partners. Pic: Getty

“Many individuals were touched by her acts of kindness, but few knew the far reaching extent of her charitable work.

“Jennifer's approach to her professional life was visionary and selfless, executed with a servant heart.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers shared a video post on Instagram where Cleveland's president of basketball operations Koby Altman expressed his condolences on behalf of the organisation.

"We wanted to acknowledge and give a heartfelt condolence to the Ilgauskas family (on Jennifer's passing)," Altman said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ilgauskas family, his two boys and it's obviously a really, really sad time for that family so we wish them the best."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas - whose No. 11 jersey was retired by the Cavs in 2014 - married Jennifer in 2004 and the couple share two sons, Deividas and Povilas.

Ilgauskas played 12 seasons with Cleveland after being selected by the Cavs as the 20th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.

Tributes pour in after Jennifer Ilgauskas's tragic death

News of the tragic passing of his wife has led to an outpouring of support for the NBA great and his family on social media.

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