Former Dorsey basketball player Lafayette Dorsey Jr. has died

Lafayette Dorsey Sr. (left) poses for a photo with son Lafayette Jr. Both were basketball standouts in the City Section.
Former All-City guard Lafayette Dorsey Jr. (right) died on Thursday. He and his father Lafayette Dorsey Sr. were standout players at Dorsey High.
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Lafayette Dorsey Jr., a former All-City guard at Dorsey High who excelled during two years playing for Pacific, died on Thursday morning in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner’s office. He was 23. The cause of death has not been determined.

“The Dorsey community is devastated,” said Donald Muepo, who was an assistant coach on the Dons’ 2016 Coliseum League championship team. Dorsey was named Coliseum League MVP. “He wanted to be that player.”

Dorsey’s father, Lafayette Sr., was an All-City guard for the Dons in 1986 and is a pastor. His son earned respect for his scoring skills, infectious smile and stellar grade-point average 30 years later.


Dorsey went to OnPoint Academy, a prep school in Oklahoma City, for a year before enrolling at Pacific, where he played for two seasons. He averaged 10.7 points in 2018-19. He transferred to Nicholls State, where he redshirted last season.

He is survived by his father, mother and sister.