Sad news. Kevin Gray of the Kansas City Sports Commission has died after battling cancer. You're going to see a lot of stories that call Gray a tireless advocate for sports in KC, and that's certainly true.
Gray, 51, was diagnosed with metastatic cancer in March, according to the Star. He'd been attending the Big 12 men's and women's basketball tournaments when he felt a pain in his hip. The KC Sports Commission announced Gray's death on its website (read the full letter after the jump):
Like us, many of you were fortunate enough to countFox
Kevin as a friend in addition to knowing him as the president
of our organization. He was a force unto himself; a very
enthusiastic cheerleader and tireless leader for the Kansas
City sports community. Kevin's list of accomplishments is
long and well documented and yet he was as proud of our
kid's sports camps as he was of leading the campaign to
build the Sprint Center. His friends, associates and the
Kansas City community have lost an inspirational leader and
he will be dearly missed.
4 did a nice piece on Gray's life. Gray's family is planning a celebration of his life, but details haven't been released.