Earlier Tuesday morning, it was reported that Antaun Teasley, personal chef to and good friend of the Miami Heat's Norris Cole, was shot and killed at popular Miami Beach nightclub, Mansion.
Police say a fight broke out in the VIP section, and a weapon was fired, leaving Teasely the lone victim.
Teasely, 42, was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, where he died hours later.
Cole has been held back from his media availability by the Miami Heat on Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, as news began to spread of Teasley's death, other athletes -- including Cole's backcourt teammate Mario Chalmers, have taken to Twitter and Instagram to express their grief:
Heat did not make Norris Cole available at this morning's shoot-around. His close friend and personal chef Antaun Teasley was killed this am
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) June 10, 2014
Heat point guard Mario Chalmers:
Former University of Miami DT and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp:
Somebody tell me it's a lie, please Antuan Teasley ain't died! #No
— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) June 10, 2014
Miko Grimes, wife of Miami Dolphins corner back Brent Grimes, who said that Teasley had been scheduled to cook for her birthday next week:
His name is Antaun Teasley. No John Doe on my homie, he has a name, and a great amount of people in his life that will miss him dearly!
— Miko Grimes (@iHeartMiko) June 10, 2014
Cincinatti Bengals defensive end, Carlos Dunlap:
Norris Cole's Twitter account is filled with re-tweets from Teasley's tweets and Instagram:
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