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Brooklyn Nets issue statement on the passing of Jeffrey Gamblero

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Brett Yormark, who Jeffrey Gamblero once described as his "homie," issued a statement late Sunday on the passing of the Nets superfan who died earlier in the evening.

"On behalf of ownership and the entire organization, I am terribly saddened to learn about Jeffrey's death. A proud Brooklynite, Jeffrey was a passionate Nets fan and one of our most visible and loyal supporters. I was delighted that he joined the team on our trip to London last season and I always enjoyed his enthusiasm while dancing and cheering during Nets games at Barclays Center. The entire organization expresses our deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed."

Yormark had encouraged the 38-year-old to dance in the aisles near his seats, seeing him as an authentic Brooklyn fan. It was Yormark who invited Gamblero, whose legal name is Vanchiro, to fly with the team to London last season. Yormark told the Times earlier this year. "I’m hoping we can find more Jeffreys."  It won't be easy.

In Sacramento, former Net Reggie Evans expressed his regret over the passing of Gamblero...