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Local Sports Legend Lafton Thompson Passed Away Monday, Jan. 28

Two days after a throng of friends and family gathered at his home to show their support, the local sports legend succumbed to his 2-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

Facebook and Twitter were filled on Monday with the somber news of the passing of Lafton Thompson, a local high school and college sports star, just two days after family and friends gathered at his home to show support for the ailing man.

Thompson, 34, lost his more than 2-year battle with cancer Monday afternoon, Jan. 28.

Buck Jones, who attended the gathering at Thompson's home on Saturday, Jan 26, posted photos from the visit on his Facebook page.

"His mom told me that he heard us cheer and clap and he gave her a 'thumbs up,' Jones posted on Facebook at the news of Thompson's death. "Maybe that was his way of telling us all something and saying good-bye, he was going to be O.K.! (At least that's what I'm going to believe.)"

According to The Times Herald, Thompson is survived by his two children – 8-year-old Kendal and 2-year-old Lance. Donations are reportedly being accepted by the Lafton Thompson Foundation (416 East Marshall Street, Norristown, PA 19401) or via PayPal at ltfoundation2011@gmail.com

"Lafton has fought a good fight and has finished the race," Thompson’s sister, Orinthea Beepot, told the Herald. "He is now in the arms of the angels far away from the misery and pain of cancer. The outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone has been a great comfort to us. We just want to thank you all for being such great friends and family to Lafton."

Funeral and viewing arrangements for Thompson have not yet been made available. 

Read more about Thompson's life and sports career on the Herald's website.

tiffany January 29, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Lafton was a great friend,and will be missed by everyone..Me and my son visited with him the Friday before his passing,and even in his condition he tried to make us laugh! RIP Lafton! WE LOVE YOU Tiffany Milligan
OMG January 29, 2013 at 01:26 PM
He wil be greatly missed and his seeds will grow on and his memory will last forever. Condolences to the family he is at peace. No more suffering and no more pain.
Terri Kinckner January 29, 2013 at 02:43 PM
I'm so glad so many were able to gather last Saturday to show love and support before he passed. It's a comfort to know that he passed away knowing he was loved by many.
Sean Laker Tuggle January 29, 2013 at 02:54 PM
L.T. was a very soft spoken humble man! Rest Easy my friend! REST EASY!
Robin January 29, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I went to school with Lafton, didn't know him all that well. But from what I knew of him, he was a good guy! Rest in peace Lafton!
Taria Mayo-Giddings January 29, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Braveheart u will be missed, Saturday I made peace with u nd I know u r resting well, u have wings to fly all through Heaven sky, I know when u get there u nd O-black will have a one on one rematch from middle school to high school ball....see u when I get for now its not goodbye it only see u later my classmate nd friend
jacqui daley January 29, 2013 at 05:26 PM
I am so glad that he got to hear the love and support that was shown for him that frigid Saturday afternoon. It was an awesome feeling sharing that love knowing he was able to receive it while he was still with us. I'm so glad I could be a part of that. R.I.P. Lafton
Elizabeth Back-Daywalt January 29, 2013 at 09:40 PM
I also didnt know Lafton that well, but he was great at everything he did and he will truely be missed. No more suffering. R.I.P Lafton. Liz Back
Christine Gray Lang January 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM
I went to school with lafton from first grade to graduation. We were in many classes together. He was always very sweet to everyone and would stand up for people all the time. Such an awesome guy. Charismatic and a real leader. Christine Gray
friend January 30, 2013 at 12:21 AM
keep your nasty comment to yourself john you obviously werent raised rt to be saying stuff like that people make mistakes in their lives and have chances to change who are you to judge anyone!!! this man has a 2 year old son and a 8 year old daughter who will be raised without their father! have some respect for the family and dear friends who just lost their loved one yesterday!! people with no morals! god dont like ugly
big jon January 30, 2013 at 01:21 AM
And obviously god doesn't like drug dealers either
gigi January 30, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Smh some people have no respect. R.i.P babyboy!
Michelle Clayboss January 30, 2013 at 02:54 AM
I went to school with Lafton . He always had a Smile on his face. Always Fridndly and knew how to make you laugh. You are All in my thoughts and Prayers. And now Lafton is Smiling down on all of us. R. I. P. Lafton and play on my friend.... Michelle Clayboss
rokbottom January 30, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Lafton was always one to not be bothered by petty things in life.The ignorance of others he never paid any mind to.Lafton was a man who focused on excelling and helping out his friends who had good intentions and wanted the best for themselfs. They don't give someone the nickname LIONHEART unless you lead by example Rest in paradise The Legendary Lafton Thompson LIONHEART
Carmen January 30, 2013 at 05:14 AM
This MAN was a Son, Brother and Father. He was Loved and Resepected by both Family and Friends. He was a Hell of an Athlete and did more in his short life than some small people couldn't do in #8 Lifetimes!! RIP Lafton Go Owls!
rokbottom January 30, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Respect
Darren Mitchell January 30, 2013 at 09:00 AM
Always showed me love, R.I.P Lafton
Nasir Fowler February 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Only knew Lafton for a short time I was a freshman he was a senior every time he saw me he always had a smile on his face and his famous line was "wuz up hussle man" from what little time I known him he was always a stand up guy. R.I.P good brother.
Shareese Jefferson May 11, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Words cannot express how much we miss you! I love you and think about you every day. You will be in my heart forever. Thank you for all the laughs and memories I can never forget you, you are one in a million to me xo
ivan andrews May 11, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Heart broken still over his passing...but i love u brother...my best friend til we meet again.

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