- Ali Youssefi, a Sacramento Kings partner and developer, died Saturday aged 35
- His death came after a tough seven month battle with stomach cancer
- Youssefi was a high profile developer in Sacramento who was dedicated to working on high quality affordable housing
- He had recently partnered with the NBA team to develop a rundown block near the team’s new arena and turn it into an affordable 170-unit apartment building
- Sacramento Kings Owner Vivek Ranadivé said he was heartbroken following the news of Youssefi’s death
A Sacramento Kings part owner and a well known local developer has died of cancer at the age of 35.
Ali Youssefi passed away on Saturday after a seven month battle with stomach cancer.
Youssefi was diagnosed with the disease just one month after marrying his wife Azzie in June.
He was a high profile developer in Sacramento who was dedicated to working on high quality affordable housing in the city.
Youssefi was working with the NBA team to develop a rundown block near the team’s new arena and turn it into an affordable 170-unit apartment building.
His wife shared news of his death on Facebook.
‘We are broken-hearted to share that our beloved husband, son, brother and friend Ali Youssefi passed away in the early hours this morning, Saturday March 10th,’ Azzie wrote.
‘I know that Ali had affected so many lives and formed special relationships with many people in this city and across the country.’
Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé issued a statement following news of Youssefi’s death saying the organization was heartbroken.
‘My heart aches to learn of Ali’s passing and I offer my deepest sympathy to his wife Azzie and the entire Youssefi family,’ he said.
‘His passion to make Sacramento a better place for all forever changed the landscape of the city and we are all better for having known him.
‘Ali’s generosity, kindness and warm spirit have left an indelible mark and I’m grateful to have called him a partner.
‘The entire Kings organization joins the city in mourning the loss of an incredible visionary and our thoughts and prayers are with the Youssefi family during this time.’
Despite his grave illness, Youssefi had remained upbeat about his cancer diagnosis and was still optimistic in the weeks leading to his death.
He told the Sacramento Bee three weeks ago that he believed his next round of chemotherapy would help him recover.
‘I’ve been dealing with some annoying (intestinal issues). But I guess that comes with the territory. I’m starting a new chemotherapy regimen… that hopefully will help,’ he said.
Source: Daily Mail UK
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