Kansas State associate basketball coach Chris Lowery lost his youngest son, Kahari, at the age of 15 early Tuesday morning.
Lowery’s son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age and suffered from many other health problems. But he attended many K-State games, often cheering on his father and the Wildcats in the front row in his wheelchair.
K-State coach Bruce Weber and the entire Wildcats’ roster took the news hard.
“We had a really tough day today,” Weber said. “It’s really just a tough time for all of us. I have known (Kahari) since he was born. He had lots of disabilities and never had a chance to leave his wheelchair. He has had a lot setbacks and gone back and forth to (hospitals). This time he just didn’t make it.
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“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the Lowery family. We are thinking about them.”
Memorial services have not been announced.
Lowery has served as K-State’s associate head coach since Weber was named coach in 2012. Before that, he was the head coach at Southern Illinois from 2004-12, guiding the Salukis to two Missouri Valley championships and three NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 run in 2007.
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