Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has sent his condolences to U.S. football star Chris Draft after the sportsman's wife lost her battle with cancer.
Keasha Rutledge passed away on Tuesday (27Dec11), exactly one month after the couple married in a private ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Nfl star confirmed the news in a post on his website, writing, "My wife passed away today at 12:04 pm. Rip Sweetie."
Simmons has reached out to offer words of support as Draft mourns the loss of his wife, tweeting, "My heart goes out to Chris Draft, so sorry for your loss."
A statement posted on Simmons' GlobalGrind.com site adds, "Chris is definitely one of the good guys in the Nfl. In fact back in 2002, he helped pull a man from a burning car on Interstate-85 in Duluth, Ga. His helping hand didn't stop there, in 2006, he established the Chris Draft Family Foundation. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and his family."