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Former Owl loses his bout with cancer

Lafton Thompson, who played safety at Temple from 1999-02, passed away Monday afternoon following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was 34.

Former Owl loses his bout with cancer

Lafton Thompson, who played safety at Temple from 1999-02, passed away Monday afternoon following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was 34.

Thompson finished his career with 183 tackles and five interceptions in 41 games played as a four-year letterwinner. He enrolled at Temple after spending a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.

Prior to attending prep school, Thompson was football and basketball standout at Norristown High School.

He is survived by two children, Kendall (eight) and Lance (two). Funeral arrangements are pending, according to Temple's press release. However, donations are being accepted by the Lafton Thompson Foundation at 416 East Marshall Street, Norristown, Pa. 19401.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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