The son of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Babe Laufenberg’s son Luke has died aged just 21 years old.
Luke Laufenberg was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.
His dad announced the tragic news on August 22 describing his son as a “warrior.”
The former Texas A&M football player, Luke played at Mesa Community College before getting diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma after his only season at the college in 2017.
Today we lost a son, a brother, a friend, and a warrior. Have never seen a person battle like Luke Laufenberg, but he lost his fight with cancer. He was truly inspirational. The hole in our hearts will never be filled. You are my hero. RIP my sweet Luke. See you on the other side pic.twitter.com/HF1xfw19Xi
— Babe Laufenberg (@BabeLaufenberg) August 22, 2019
Luke was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, a form of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in which cancer develops in the immune cells.
He successfully fought the disease in 2018 but had further complications earlier this year.
His TV personality dad Babe said in a statement: “We lost a son, a brother, a friend and a warrior. We have never seen a person battle like Luke, but he lost his fight with cancer.
“He was truly inspirational. The hole in our hearts will never be filled. You are my hero. RIP my sweet Luke. See you on the other side.”
Luke played for the Texas A&M Aggies football team in 2016 under former head coach Kevin Sumlin.
“Those of us that knew Luke are truly saddened by his passing,” Kevin said, according to The Eagle’s Aggie Sports.
“He approached every day with enthusiasm, hard work and a real passion for football. In a short time he earned the respect and friendship of his teammates and coaches alike. Our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers are with the Laufenberg family.”
Thousands of people expressed their condolences to the Laufenberg family on Twitter and 25,000 people have reacted so far.
The University of Texas at El Paso coach Dana Dimel told WFAA in a statement: “Luke touched my heart and soul forever. His spirit and fight are a reminder to me of what it means to play and coach the game of football.”
It was 98 degrees on July 10. Luke had lifted weights and was working on his routes. I loved coaching him. Receptive to coaching. Two days later, he was told he had 2-8 weeks to live. All he wanted in life was to play football. TY @UTEPAthletics @UTEPFB pic.twitter.com/ygmrRSzlgd
— Babe Laufenberg (@BabeLaufenberg) August 23, 2019
Please share to pay tribute to this remarkable warrior who fought until the end. Rest in Peace Luke.
Sending all our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.