Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale’s daughter, Alexandra “Sasha” McHale, died this weekend at the age of 22.
The team made the announcement this morning but did not release any details. The Houston Chronicle reports that Sasha had been battling lupus, an auto-immune disease, and was hospitalized earlier this year. McHale has been on leave since November 10 to deal with “personal family matters.”
Team owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement:
“I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful daughter, Sasha, on Saturday afternoon. Kevin and Lynn are loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time. Our entire organization is mourning the McHale family’s loss and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor also released a statement, saying:
“On behalf of the entire Minnesota Timberwolves organization, we are extremely saddened to learn about the passing of Sasha. While Kevin was with our organization, we all watched Sasha grow up, and become an outstanding young woman. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin, Lynn and the entire McHale family.”
The Rockets have not announced when their coach will return to the court. Kelvin Sampson has been filling in as the interim coach since McHale took his leave of absence.
Praying for Coach McHale and his family.
— James Harden (@JHarden13) November 25, 2012
The Celtics organization extends its deepest condolences to Kevin McHale and his family on the loss of his daughter.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 25, 2012