The daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has died at 23.
Alexandra ‘‘Sasha’’ McHale died Saturday, and the team disclosed no other details Sunday.
Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with what the team called a personal family matter. During his absence, Kelvin Sampson has been the interim coach. There is no timetable for Kevin McHale’s return.
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.’’
Some of the Rockets expressed their support for McHale.
James Harden tweeted: ‘‘Praying for coach McHale and his family.’’ Chandler Parsons added on Twitter: ‘‘R.I.P. Sasha.’’
McHale spent several years with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a coach and executive before joining the Rockets following two seasons as a television analyst.
‘‘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.’’
Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale's youngest daughter has died due to illness at the age of 22, the NBA team said on Sunday.
"I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful daughter, Sasha, on Saturday afternoon," team owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement released by the Rockets.
Alexandra "Sasha" McHale had long battled lupus, an auto-immune disease, and was hospitalized with a related condition, the Houston Chronicle said on its website.
Kevin McHale had been on leave since November 10 for what the team described as a personal family matter.
Assistant Kelvin Sampson has served as the Rockets' acting coach during McHale's absence.