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NBA players might be tough on the exterior, but many are softies on the inside.

John Wall deserved to celebrate a big win with his team the Washington Wizards last night, but it was hard for the NBA star, as he suffered the loss of one of his closest friends – a 6-year-old cancer patient named Miyah.

The Wizards point guard befriended Miyah earlier this year, and helped fulfill her wish of meeting Nicki Minaj, who gave her wigs to wear while hanging out with her favorite hip-hop star.

Unfortunately, Miyah was unable to win her battle with terminal illness, and passed away this past Saturday evening.

In a post-game interview last night, John broke down while talking about the little girl who changed his life:

“This is an emotional game for me. This is for Miyah, my close friend that I met last year. It’s just tough seeing a little kid that fights so hard for cancer that can’t beat it. This game, all my jerseys, my shorts, I’m giving to her family. It’s a tough day for me…I was really quiet today so…”

Interviewer: “Was tough. I was talking to you before the game, and you’re never like this. She really touched your heart didn’t she?”

John Wall: [nods and breaks down]

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Nicki also responded to Miyah’s death by posting a photo tribute on her Instagram with the caption:

I can’t believe this little angel is gone. When I met her she was recovering. Sending love to her mother and family and John. This is heartbreaking. She was so full of life. #RIPMiyah

Our prayers go out to Miyah’s family, and John, who is having a hard time with the loss.

PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram

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