Bærum Basket confirms to Dagbladet that their player Alex Dakin (27) passed away last night.
– We received the sad message today, and are all in shock. Alex was an incredibly loyal, helpful club player who grew from being a bit of a cautious boy to becoming a national team player. He stood on the threshold of a greater career. But more than anything else, it is the fantastic person Alex we remember today, says coach Mathias Eckhoff to Dagbladet.
– He was such a positive guy. He lit up the hall when he entered it. He was a player and a person everyone wanted to have on the team, continues Eckhoff, who is also the Norwegian national team coach.
It was in December 2019 that doctors discovered that Dakin had a tumor on his brain.
In an interview with TV 2 earlier this year, Dakin told about the disease and the first symptoms that appeared, that he could not write messages properly, and felt a sound in the back of his ear.
Most recently in late February, Dakin played battle while receiving tough treatment for cancer.
– Must pay tribute to Alex Dakin, who takes the trip to Trondheim, gets on the floor and plays while he receives treatment for cancer on a daily basis. A fucking gentleman and a role model for all young people. We applaud you, Alex. You are so strong, wrote basketball expert Magnus Barstad at the time.
Dakin’s health improved during the spring and summer.
– He almost had to learn to run again after the tough cancer treatment. But he worked so hard and came back. Everything looked brighter after the summer. He was in training, before he had a relapse and everything turned around. After that, unfortunately, everything went terribly fast. He will be greatly missed by all of us, and our thoughts go to the family, says Eckhoff.
Dakin was open about his illness. On the Instagram page alex.dakin.recovery, people could follow his daily struggle.
Bærum Basket informs Dagbladet that the club will hold a memorial service for Dakin in connection with the match against Kongsberg this weekend.
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