Retired Buffalo Bills’ linebacker Chris Draft, who spent much of his 12-year NFL career as an Atlanta Falcon, lost his wife Lakeasha Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. The couple married only one month ago in a private ceremony. Lakeasha Draft was 38.
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Chris Draft announced his wife’s passing on his foundation’s website:
“Lakeasha Monique Rutledge Draft passed away on Tuesday, December 27. She courageously faced lung cancer, showing us all with every breath that we all need to hold onto life and love with both hands for as long as we can. Not just an inspiration, but a light, and a force that led the way with a beautiful, sweet smile and bright shining eyes that both belied the pure steel of her strength and determination.”
Draft has been active in the Atlanta area through the Chris Draft Family Foundation, which is dedicated to helping families adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Hip-hop and fashion mogul Russell Simmons tweeted:
My heart goes out to Chris Draft, so sorry for your loss.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday in Williamston, South Carolina
Follow the Chris Draft Family Foundation on Facebook