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The wife of former NFL star Chris Draft has died after a long battle with cancer
Lakeasha Monique Rutledge Draft, who was a professional cheerleader for the Charlotte Hornets, died on Tuesday of lung cancer, just a month after the couple wed.
The 38-year-old had never been a smoker.
Keasha, as she was known, first met her husband to be,in Charlotte where Chris had been transferred from Atlanta to play for the Carolina Panthers, according to Examiner.com.
The talented cheerleader worked with Draft on his charitable foundations until she was diagnosed with the terminal disease last year.
At the time of the diagnosis, Keasha was working as a pharmaceuticals sales rep in Atlanta where Chris was also living.
At the ceremony in Atlanta last month, Keasha, by then very ill, came down down the aisle in a wheelchair.
Even though her frail body was by then riddled with cancer, the stunning bride rose from the chair to walk the last few steps, Sporting News reported.
Linebacker Draft, who played for the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams and Buffalo Bills over a 12-year-career has paid tribute to his life partner’s courage and determination.