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Tragedy strikes Butler again as 6-month-old son of Emerson Kampen dies

Less than three weeks after former Butler big man Andrew Smith died after a lengthy battle with cancer, his former teammate Emerson Kampen lost his 6-month-old son to Leigh's disease.

Emerson Kampen IV was born in late June and diagnosed several weeks ago with Leigh's disease, a genetic disorder that affects the central nervous system. He died early Monday morning.

"This is obviously an unspeakably difficult time for Emerson and Kylie," Butler coach Chris Holtmann told ESPN. "He has played a very important role in our program these last two years. We love them and simply want to support them in any way we can."

Kampen was an assistant coach last season after former head coach Brandon Miller stepped away from the program for personal reasons and was later replaced by Holtmann. This season, Kampen has filled the role of basketball analyst and video coordinator.

Kampen had recently found out he will be the bone marrow donor for a 59-year-old male battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the same cancer that Smith had. The treatment is scheduled to take place next month.

Kampen was a teammate of Smith's on the Butler teams that advanced to the national title game in 2010 and 2011. Smith died on Jan. 12 at age 25.

Butler defeated Georgetown 87-76 on Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Kampen was Skyped into the team's halftime talk in the locker room.