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Kevin McHale’s daughter dies at 23

Rockets coach has been on leave

Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with what the team called a personal family matter.

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Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with what the team called a personal family matter.

HOUSTON — Alexandra ‘‘Sasha’’ McHale, daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale, died Saturday at 23.

The Rockets disclosed no other details Sunday.

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The Houston Chronicle reported Sasha McHale had been hospitalized in Minneapolis for treatment of the auto-immune disease lupus.

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 McHale’s return.

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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.’’

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Following his Hall of Fame playing career with the Celtics, 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.’’

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