The Indiana Pacers management announced the passing of their former director of Media Relations David Benner via social media. Benner (67) served the role of the Pacers for nearly three decades until he stepped down in 2022. Reportedly, Benner had been battling cancer over the last decade. However, after a long battle with the illness, he passed away on Wednesday. The social media post included an official statement from the Pacers Sports and Entertainment owner, Herb Simon. Following the announcement, the NBA world expressed its grief and paid tribute to the legend.
Paul George and Pacers stars pay their respects to the legend
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The Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George who was part of the Pacers family between the 2010-17 seasons penned an emotional note. He took to Instagram and shared a video and image of his moments with Davis Benner along with a heartfelt note in the caption. The caption read, “One of the many lights in Indiana I was grateful to get to know! I love you bro rest in heaven.”
Moreover, several Pacers star like Tyrese Halliburton, and Rakeem Christmas expressed their grief in the comment section of Geroge’s post.
Following George, Halliburton, and Co. paid their tribute by sporting a Benner sweatshirt for the Thursday game. Along with the players, the coaching staff also wore tribute sweatshirts. Following are tweets from the NBA world.
We are saddened to announce the passing of our longtime Director of Media Relations, David Benner.
“David embodied the very best of our organization. He was immensely talented, experienced, and humble.” pic.twitter.com/OM2tPq30Ra
This One Cuts Deep… DB Was Someone Who’s Relationship I Cherished! From The Moment I Arrived In Indy… Little Things Like Taking Me To Dinner Or Just Sharing Some Friendly Stories Went Such A Long Way For Me! Love You Man 💙💛 R.I.P 🕊 https://t.co/GKFmImL3RC
Rest in peace, David Benner, after your courageous battle. My prayers and condolences to friend Bill Benner, and the Benner family; and to the entire Indiana Pacers organization. David was and is an Indy legend.🙏❤️
Moreover, ESPN carried out a special tribute segment for Benner, speaking about his efforts to the Pacers as a mark of honor. However, the Pacers lost to the San Antonio Spurs 110-99 on the Thursday night game.