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Thoughts and prayers with Kevin McHale and his family after the passing of their daughter

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NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 08: Head coach Kevin McHale of the Minnesota Timberwolves talks with players during the game against the New Orleans Hornets on February 8, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Rockets head coach Kevin McHale has been away from the team since November 12, spending time with his family while dealing with the serious illness of his daughter.

The organization announced today that she has passed away.

Sasha McHale, 23, lost her battle with lupus, according to the Star Tribune.

Here’s the official statement from team owner Leslie Alexander:

Houston Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander released the following statement regarding the passing of Head Coach Kevin McHale’s daughter, Alexandra “Sasha” McHale:

“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.”

Just awful news. We send our thoughts and prayers out to McHale and his family during this impossibly difficult time.