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Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale's daughter dies at 23

November 26, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10.
Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images )

Alexandra “Sasha” McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale and his wife, Lynn, died Saturday. McHale and the team have released no details regarding her death. Kevin McHale has  been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with a personal family matter.

Sasha McHale had lupus and was hospitalized with a related disease, according to Houston Chronicle reporter Jonathan Feigen.

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said, "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."

There is no timetable for Kevin McHale's return to the Rockets bench. Kelvin Sampson has been acting head coach during McHale's leave of absence.

The team McHale formerly coached, the Minnesota Timberwolves, also released a statement.

“While Kevin was with our organization, we all watched Sasha grow up and become an outstanding young woman,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.”

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