Win Butler to help pay late pal's medical bills

21st Mar 17 | Entertainment News

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has offered to donate $5,000 (£4,000) to help pay the medical bills of his late basketball teammate.

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The 36-year-old rocker played alongside former Senegal international basketball star Mouhamadou Moustapha in amateur leagues in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mouhamadou, who had suffered with the rare heart defect non-compaction cardiomyopathy (NCC), passed away earlier this month (Mar17).

After his death, the basketball star's family have been left to foot a $55,000 (£44,000) medical bill for his treatment, and set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to pay it off.

On Monday (20Mar17) the Reflektor musician offered to stump up $5,000 (£4,000) to match any donations Arcade Fire fans made to help cover his friend's medical expenses.

"I will match up to 5k on anything donated this week," he wrote, after pinning an earlier tweet linking to the family's GoFundMe page to the top of his Twitter profile.

In the pinned tweet he described the basketball star, known to pals as 'Mouss', as "A really lovely person".

As of Tuesday (21Mar17) morning the funds raised stood at just under $12,000 (£9,600).

As well as fronting Arcade Fire, Win is a keen and talented basketball player, and has appeared in America's National Basketball Association's (NBA) All-Star Celebrity Game for the past three years.

He won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award last year (16), and was the top scorer in this year's match-up.

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