Daughter of Kevin McHale Dies
Posted at: 11/26/2012 12:00 AM
| Updated at: 11/27/2012 12:12 PM
HOUSTON (AP) - The daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has died at 22. The death of Alexandra "Sasha" McHale was announced by the team Sunday.
No other details were released. Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with what the team called a personal family matter. Team owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement that he extends his "deepest condolences" over the loss of the McHales' "beautiful daughter."
He called Kevin and wife Lynn "loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time." He said the "entire organization is mourning."
ABC News reports that Sasha McHale died after suffering complications from the autoimmune disease known as lupus. McHale had been enrolled as a student in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Jennifer Monroe, President of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota said the disease is one that causes the body to attack itself.
"Some people have years where they're relatively healthy, and then have flares, and then others can have flares that are more persistent and more frequent, so it's a very individualistic kind of disease," Monroe said.
McHale, a native of Hibbing, Minn., spent several years with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a coach and executive before joining the Rockets following two seasons as a television analyst.
Kelvin Sampson has been the interim coach. There is no timetable for Kevin McHale's return.
(Copyright 2012 WDIO-TV, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)