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Shawn Kuykendall, 32, dies of cancer

Former DC United and Red Bulls midfielder Shawn Kuykendall died Wednesday morning after a yearlong battle with thymic cancer. He was 32 years old.

He was the son of Kurt Kuykendall, a former professional goalkeeper in the old North American Soccer League, and was one of three brothers to play NCAA Division I soccer at American University.

Last spring, after having sudden torso pains, doctors found that Kuykendall had an apple-sized tumor lodged in his chest. He was diagnosed with Stage IV thymic cancer, according to an MLS report.

Washington Post writer Rick Maese chronicled Kuykendall's fight with cancer.

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