ANBL: Breakers mourn death of their manager Fata Letoa

RJ Hampton (L) and Fata Letoa (R).
RJ Hampton (L) and Fata Letoa (R). Photo credit: Image: Getty

The Breakers are mourning the death of their manager Fata Letoa, whose "warmth and inspiration" team members say they'll never forget.

The Auckland-based basketball side posted on Twitter to share a tribute. 

"It is with heavy hearts that we must say goodbye to our beloved manager Fata Letoa, who passed away today," the tweet said. 

"Fata was truly at the heart of our Breakers family. He saw the best in all of us and embodied everything it means to be a Breaker. A coach, a mentor, a father and a friend."

Letoa was diagnosed with bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

"His warmth and inspiration will never be forgotten. Thank you for reminding us that every day is a blessing," the Breakers said in the post.

"Our hearts are with his family. The remainder of our season will be dedicated to Fata's memory and the impact he left on all of us."

Star guard RJ Hampton also took to social media to share his appreciation for Letoa, saying: "Rest in paradise Fata, I love you 1000x."