NBA great Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ wife Jennifer dead at 50

Jennifer Ilgauskas, the wife of Cleveland Cavaliers legend Zydrunas Ilgauskas, died on September 11 at the age of 50.

A cause of death was not listed in her obituary, which was published by McGreevey Funeral Homes.

Jennifer worked in medical care in Northeast Ohio, where she was the owner of Rebound Physical Therapy, North Olmsted Urgent Care, Lakewood Urgent Care, and medical billing company Darbo, according to her obituary, which highlighted her charitable efforts.

“Many individuals were touched by her acts of kindness, but few knew the far reaching extent of her charitable work. She was a wonderful, giving and intimate friend to so many,” Jennifer’s obituary states.

Ilgauskas — whose No. 11 jersey was retired by the Cavaliers in 2014 and hangs in the rafters of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — and his wife married in 2004.

The couple share two sons, Deividas and Povilas, whom they adopted from Ilgauskas’ hometown in Lithuania in 2009, according to Cleveland Scene.

Ilgauskas was selected by the Cavaliers with the 20th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. He went on to play 12 seasons with Cleveland.

The former All-Star centre signed with the Heat for the 2010-11 season, joining Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, before he announced his retirement in September 2011. A funeral mass for Jennifer will be open to the public at St. James Church in Lakewood on Saturday.

This article was originally published by the New York Post and reproduced with permission

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