Miami artist David Le Batard dies at 50

 August 3, 2023

The renowned Miami street artist David Le Batard, known as "LEBO," has died at the age of 50.

His older brother, former ESPN host Dan Le Batard, announced the tragic news on his podcast Tuesday. He didn't say what the cause of death was.

“My little brother, my only sibling, my closest family member in a very small family, responsible for all the art around here, and my best friend for 50 years passed away last night at 2:00 a.m.,” he said.

Miami street artist dies

Some of the brands Le Batard worked with included Google, Redbull, Bacardi, Ferrari and more.

His colorful, cartoonish art style filled his brother's studio - and was well-known to residents and visitors in Miami. He created the famous "Welcome to Miami Beach" mural, the largest in Miami Beach's history.

He also had his own showroom in Wynwood and a studio in Miami Beach.

In a heartbreaking segment on his podcast, Dan Le Batard described the emotional anguish of watching his brother slowly die over the course of a year.

“I don’t have a lot of experience with grief, but I have been grieving him for a year because when he was diagnosed more than a year ago he’s been steadily deteriorating since, and it’s been brutally hard to watch a poison eat him up from the inside, and one of the biggest spirits I’ve ever seen consumed by illness," he said.

Last goodbye

He said it hit him when he realized his little brother would predecease their parents - exiles from Cuba.

"I was preparing for the death of my parents, so to have my father whisper to my brother last night, ‘We’ll see you soon,’ was a special kind of heartbreaking, because this is inconceivable to me,” Le Batard said.

He gave a moving account of his last goodbye, saying he finds solace in knowing his brother is no longer suffering.

"There was grace and freedom at 2 a.m. as I’m watching the monitors go down, to be in his ear and physically mouth to his ear, telling him that it was OK to go, that he was safe, that he didn’t have a reason to be scared, and to see him stop suffering, and to see him peaceful," he said.

May he find peace in Christ.

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