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  • foghat001 Feb 19, 12:45 p.m.

    Prayers for his family and friends. That said I have been to the Philippines many times and... View More

    — Posted by troy89121

    You've obviously never been to Russia. And the Philippines are Eden compared to some of the Balkan states.

  • Gunnstigator Feb 19, 9:47 a.m.

    Gone too soon. Condolences to Henderson's family and of course his Duke family.

  • evadbbat Feb 18, 10:17 p.m.

    Shocking news,such a shame.

  • heelsforever Feb 18, 9:19 p.m.

    Wow, just can't believe it. So sad for anyone to go at such a young age.

  • Elvisisdead Feb 18, 3:49 p.m.

    Very sad. R.I.P.

  • troy89121 Feb 18, 3:45 p.m.

    Prayers for his family and friends. That said I have been to the Philippines many times and there isn't a more corupt society from police included. Unless he had a known heart condition then an investigation needs to be done. The number of expats and foreigners done in by wives, girlfriends or others boggles the mind. With the Philippines even if he did have a heart condition I'd investigate.

  • hpr641 Feb 18, 3:13 p.m.

    "He played in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat before moving to Manila to establish the Filipino Basketball Academy."

    With 3 strong and established programs in our area (4 if you don't think Wake Forest is too far away to be counted), it's easy to forget that most of the recruits to our big schools' basketball teams are really classy guys off the court.

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Feb 18, 12:56 p.m.

    Phil's dunk on Alonzo Mourning brought me off the couch and spilled my chips...If you haven't... View More

    — Posted by cleet23

    one of the best Duke dunks ever.

    — Posted by Leave it to Beaver Reruns

    Yep, that one has always been on my highlight reel. I remember when he was a freshman coming in the game and started immediately nailing outside jumpers. I was thinking then, this kid is going to be special.

    RIP

    My prayers are with the Henderson family.

  • mxteam44 Feb 18, 12:41 p.m.

    Way too soon to leave us! Prayers for the family.

  • 4tarheels Feb 18, 12:28 p.m.

    Very sad, prayers to his family and friends.

  • SportznutV2.0 Feb 18, 12:04 p.m.

    Most of you have probably heard by now about the passing of former Duke star, Phil Henderson. According to Facebook user Erik Waldie, Henderson died of a heart attack. He had just recently moved to Manila in the Philippines and was coaching and teaching basketball to kids in the community.

    http://dukereport.com/alumni/phil-henderson-passes-away-at-44/jroliver/

  • McLovin Feb 18, 11:59 a.m.

    Use to go to his Bball Camps in Durham - great ball player, and not to mention a great mentor - RIP Phil thanks for all the memories

  • CoolBlue83 Feb 18, 11:37 a.m.

    Sad news. Our condolences go out to his family.

  • conrad27713 Feb 18, 11:01 a.m.

    "Phil & Brickey are both very good friends" - Posted by conrad27713

    Do you know the cause of... View More

    — Posted by foghat001

    Sorry, but i dont know no more than everybody else right now, but i just talk to Brinkey around 9;30am, hes living & working with bball in Canada, and he dont know that much right now either. And sometime today, my wife & i are going to see his mother & son to give them our family blessing & aid if needed.

  • Rollin Like PDoobie Feb 18, 10:57 a.m.

    Phil gave us Duke fans some great memories! Prayers to the families of all involved. Sad day in Duke country......

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 18, 10:44 a.m.

    "Phil & Brickey are both very good friends" - Posted by conrad27713

    Do you know the cause of... View More

    — Posted by foghat001

    hearing heart attack, but I am not positive.

  • foghat001 Feb 18, 10:35 a.m.

    "Phil & Brickey are both very good friends" - Posted by conrad27713

    Do you know the cause of death?

  • Sauras69 Feb 18, 10:32 a.m.

    Sad one to read. Way too young. God bless all of his loved ones.

  • lucileangel Feb 18, 10:31 a.m.

    I think alot of people are going to miss Phil Henderson for the kind of person he was I want to express my regrets to the Family and to the Duke family. My mom knew your son, because she worked at Duke university and he would come into her office and she too want to say how sorry to see him go. Time will heal all. Please know he was loves so very much.

  • PackisBack Feb 18, 10:20 a.m.

    RIP! Prayers for his family.

  • cjw6105 Feb 18, 10:16 a.m.

    Please don't put a moderator on the sports area, as our comments will only be delayed in being posted and will be weeded out by the PC police, like they are on the other WRAL stories.

    If you don't agree with a post, either politely disprove it or ignore it. As for Henderson, I liked him both as a player and person. A loss for the Duke family.

  • baldchip Feb 18, 10:15 a.m.

    WRAL-keep chasing this story for us.

  • adkizer Feb 18, 10:10 a.m.

    Phil was one of the good guys. Always made time for the fans, especially the kids. Gone too soon.

  • fed.up69 Feb 18, 10:08 a.m.

    Prayers and thoughts to family. Classy guy on and off the court.

    From a State Fan

  • Felton23 Feb 18, 9:48 a.m.

    From A UNC fan, thoughts are with his family. Much respect, very good player on the basketball court.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 18, 9:44 a.m.

    Phil's dunk on Alonzo Mourning brought me off the couch and spilled my chips...If you haven't... View More

    — Posted by cleet23

    one of the best Duke dunks ever.

  • cleet23 Feb 18, 9:42 a.m.

    Phil's dunk on Alonzo Mourning brought me off the couch and spilled my chips...If you haven't seen it youtube it. I still get chills. RIP Phil.

  • moveyextraz Feb 18, 9:35 a.m.

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. 44 is way too young.

  • zonk Feb 18, 9:24 a.m.

    So sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers to his family and the Duke family.

  • tayled Feb 18, 9:17 a.m.

    RIP ...dude never took a play off...

    Wonder what classy comment Packpride will have....maybe... View More

    — Posted by SportznutV2.0

    This post is why this section needs a moderator to weed out the truly classless and tasteless comments on a story like this.

  • mac240 Feb 18, 9:09 a.m.

    R.I.P. Phil!

  • kornfan2448 Feb 18, 9:00 a.m.

    WAY too young to leave this world! Thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends.

  • claytontarheel Feb 18, 8:43 a.m.

    Sorry for his loss and sympathy and prayers for his family and friends.

    I've played a few pickup games with him at the Durham Downtown Y. He always seemed like a nice guy.

  • conrad27713 Feb 18, 8:42 a.m.

    Phil & Brickey are both very good friends, and both of them are great peoples as well as good player, and no, i am not a Duke Fan, but a N.C. State fan. But 6 ex player are friends to very close friends of mines,and Phil should have made some NBA team other than the team that drafted him, i.e. Dallas Mav. which it came down to keeping him or Steve Alford as the final player to make the team, they kept Alford. Well, he did ended up playing on a few semi pro teams in the country before leaving overseas to play for several difference teams. As i have said, Phil is a great guy, and i miss him, my prayer to his mother, ex wife & his son.

  • randdjacobs Feb 18, 8:42 a.m.

    R.I.P. Phil. Thanks for the memories.

  • uncfan89 Feb 18, 8:30 a.m.

    So sorry to hear this, gone way too young. Sympathy and prayers to his family and his Duke basketball family as well.

  • SportznutV2.0 Feb 18, 8:28 a.m.

    RIP ...dude never took a play off...

    Wonder what classy comment Packpride will have....maybe something like this for Jordan's birthday. I guess R'necks will be R'necks

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    Unlike his daddy, so far he's proven to be too sorry to shoot.

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  • CarolinaTim Feb 18, 8:25 a.m.

    Condolences to the Henderson family friends and the Duke U. family.

  • DooksucksV3 Feb 18, 8:08 a.m.

    Condolences to the Duke family.

  • PanthersFan45 Feb 18, 7:36 a.m.

    Wow, just 44 years old but no mention as to the cause of death. I recall his playing days when he was on the 1990 team that lost to UNLV. Im sure there will be (if not already) statements coming from Coack K, Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner and the many other teammates he had while at Duke.

  • RD n NC Feb 18, 7:29 a.m.

    Sad to hear, God be with his family and friends.

  • Boogalooboy Feb 18, 6:56 a.m.

    Everytime you would see Phil long after he graduated he always seemed genuinely interested in the person he would be talking to...always made others feel so special... too young to be gone....will be missed..

  • Dreamchaser Feb 18, 6:53 a.m.

    Sad thing to hear. So young to die. My prayers are with his family.

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