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Nets honor super fan who died in tragic fall

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- Jeffery Vanchiro, better known as Jeffery Gamblero was the kind of fan you would have thought the Nets built the arena around.

He was at every home game, dancing in the stands, wearing his personalized Nets jersey and neon shirt. But the 38-year-old super-fan died Sunday after falling out of a window at his father's home in Queens.

Tuesday, the team honored their missing 6th man with a special video tribute and a moment of silence.

The only thing brighter than Jeffery Gamblero's shirts he wore under his number 44 jersey was his personality. Sure Gamblero was a Nets season ticket holder, but good luck finding anyone who could tell you where he sat.

You see Gamblergo was too busy cheering on the Nets and making friends in the stands to sit down.

"He's been at every single game and we're just going to miss this guy," said Nets fan Jeff Ahn. "He brought so much energy to this place, it's not going to be the same without him."

Gamblero was the type of fan who bounced around Barclays Center during a game. Seemingly everywhere you looked, you saw the number 44, and a neon shirt. And for at least one more night, Gamblero and the number 44 were all over the arena Tuesday.

The Nets wore neon warm-ups with his name and number. And fans had on his trademark neon shirt. We bumped into two friends who created their own shirts with Gamblero's work as a graffiti artist. And outside the arena others held up a mural.

The center of attention at Barclays Center, just as Gamblero had been on so many nights.

"He was iconic and I think his entire life, whether it was his art or grafitti, legally first and being recognized as a grafitti street artist, doing shows and then being involved with the team and keeping the spirit," said friend Marie Flageul.

Believe it or not, Gamblero wasn't always a neon star. Friends told us there was a time when he would have blushed at a video tribute on the big screen at Barclays.

Jonathan Cohen, a fellow graffiti artist knew Gamblero since they were boy scouts.

"He was 9-years-old I think when I met him," said Coheb. "A very shy, quiet kid who turned out to be quite the opposite as everyone knows as a Nets number 1 fan."

Coach Lionel Hollins has only been with the Nets since the start of the season, and didn't really know who Gamblero was until a video of the guy getting carried out of Madison Square Garden by secruity guards went viral.

Still, Hollins said Gamblero was the type of fan any team would be lucky to have in their corner.