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Father of Louisville star Luke Hancock dies of cancer

Published On: Jun 25 2013 12:23:56 AM EDT
Roanoke native and Louisville basketball star Luke Hancock.

The father of Louisville basketball guard Luke Hancock has died after a three-year battle with cancer.

Van Hancock says her husband, William, died at their Roanoke County home at about 7:30 a.m. Monday with his family at his side except for Luke. The Cardinals player was on his way to Colorado to attend USA Basketball's tryout for the USA team in the World University Games. William Hancock was 70.

His death was first reported on The Roanoke Times' web site.

William Hancock's battle became one of most poignant stories of the NCAA tournament when Luke scored 22 points with his ailing father in attendance watching Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 to win the national championship. Luke became the first non-starter to win Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four.