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Jeff Capel II Passes

A great loss for North Carolina and the basketball world

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Jeff Capel II, father of Duke assistant Jeff Capel III, has died after suffering from ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

He has been fighting it since 2016 but it’s a terminal disease and no one we know of other than Stephen Hawking has ever lived close to his natural life span. We’re sure he fought the good fight, as much as anyone possibly could, because he has always been a fighter.

Capel’s life is rich beyond our ability to relate it and had a huge impact on many people. The best way to approximate it is this: you can measure his life by the impact he had on his many, many players and most importantly by the lives his sons have led.

Jeff and brother Jason both went graduated from college and were both fine athletes. Both are doing very well in their chosen careers and both are building beautiful families where they are passing on the lessons their father taught them to their own children. We’ve never met Jason but Jeff is one of the nicest, most decent people you’d ever hope to meet.

Jeff Capel II died far too young - he was just 64 - but will live on as they pass his life lessons on to their own children.

Deepest condolences and best wishes to the entire family in this time of grief and loss.

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