Sakeena L. Gavagan, a New York Public Defender Died After Losing a Battle With Cancer

Last Updated on November 17, 2023, 6:42 am

Sakeena Lila Gavagan, a New York Public Defender, dies at 67.

Sakeena Lila Gavagan Dead
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Sakeena Lila Gavagan, a New York Public Defender, died at 67 after losing her battle with cancer on Monday, November 13, 2023, leaving family and friends devastated and the community reeling with shock and sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this challenging time.

Who was Sakeena Lila Gavagan?

Sakeena Gavagan was an attorney in the world’s largest City, New York. Canadian-born Sakeena was a dedicated lawyer who defended the rights of underprivileged and underrepresented citizens. She graced the courtrooms with her limitless wits, powerfully delivered arguments, and served every client to the best of her abilities.

Sakeena practiced Islam and was of Lebanese descent. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother. Her peers know her as a loyal friend, a kind and generous individual who fought for the rights of those no one else would. She cared deeply for justice and human rights.

She brought joy and happiness to everyone who had the privilege of knowing her with her warmth and positivity. She was known for her kindness and compassion. She had so much love to give. Everyone loved her. Sadly, her death has left everyone reeling with the loss of such an amazing individual.

What happened to Sakeen Gavagan?

According to the reports, she had been struggling with pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. The cancer was a more aggressive type, and despite the best efforts of healthcare providers, it claimed her life. Her untimely death has wrapped the entire community in a wave of shock and profound grief.

The community mourns Sakeena Gavagan

The entire community has come together to mourn its beloved member. They have offered condolences and paid tribute to honor her memory. The whole community greatly admired her for her selfless career and integrity and the resilience she exhibited in the challenging world of public service. The community has uplifted her family with their prayers and shared their fondest memories of her to pay homage to the late attorney.

Obituary and Funeral

Dignity Memorials released her obituary on their website. Her funeral was held on November 15, 2023, followed by a graveside service on the same day.

The family has requested instead of flowers; donations may be made to The Legal Aid Society or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. May she rest in eternal peace.


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