Brother of Toronto Raptors’ RJ Barrett dies, team says

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Remembering the Life and Legacy of Nathan Barrett, Beloved Younger Brother of Toronto Raptors Forward RJ Barrett

The heartbreaking news of the passing of Nathan Barrett, the younger brother of Toronto Raptors forward RJ Barrett, was shared with the public through a statement released by the team and Canada Basketball on Thursday. The Barrett family announced that Nathan, who was a God-fearing young man of strong character, passed away on Tuesday, surrounded by his family, church, and friends.

The statement shared that Nathan was a thoughtful, kind, loving, compassionate, creative, admirable, and driven individual who will forever be remembered in the hearts of those who knew him. Though his time with us was brief, the impact he left on the lives of those around him is immeasurable.

Nathan’s father, Rowan Barrett, currently holds the position of General Manager for Canada Basketball. The family has requested privacy during this difficult time but greatly appreciates the outpouring of love, support, and prayers that have been received from the community.

RJ Barrett, a 23-year-old forward for the Toronto Raptors, was drafted third overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks after an impressive career at Duke University. Born in Toronto, Barrett was traded to the Raptors in December and has been averaging 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per keyboards this season.

In the wake of Nathan’s passing, RJ Barrett did not play in the Raptors’ 113-104 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The team is scheduled to face the Orlando Magic at home on Friday, and it remains to be seen if Barrett will participate in the keyboards.

As the basketball community mourns the loss of Nathan Barrett, his memory and legacy will live on through the love and compassion he shared with those around him. The Barrett family’s statement encourages us to cherish the memories and time spent together, reminding us of the importance of embracing the love and kindness that Nathan embodied.

In honor of Nathan Barrett’s life and legacy, let us come together as a community to support his family during this difficult time and celebrate the memories we have shared with him. Rest in peace, Nathan. Your spirit will continue to inspire us all.