Heartbreak has spread across the NBA after news that Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, passed away on Wednesday from injuries sustained in a car accident. She leaves behind her husband and their five children.
The Oklahoman originally reported the crash:
The 44-year-old was traveling with three of her children north on S Western Avenue around 8 p.m. Tuesday when her sports utility vehicle was struck head-on by a southbound car which went left of center. The driver of the car, Susannah Donaldson, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene. Donaldson's dog was riding in her lap and was also killed. Mai Nguyen, 59, was driving a third vehicle that hit the car driven by Donaldson. Nguyen was not injured. All parties involved were wearing seat belts.
The children involved are expected to be ok.
Williams is currently an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He previously served as the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans and an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers after concluding a nine-year playing career.
The Thunder released the following statement in the wake of Ingrid's death:
The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid's passing. Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty’s wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty and his family, and we will support him in every way possible. We know the entire community of Oklahoma City has them in their prayers.
The Pelicans also shared their condolences:
The New Orleans Pelicans are devastated to hear the news of Ingrid Williams' passing. Ingrid was beloved by the Pelicans organization and the New Orleans community and will forever be remembered as one of the most generous, kind and humble individuals we've ever known. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty Williams and his family during this difficult time.
In melancholy coincidence, the two teams are scheduled to play each other Thursday night. The game will go on as planned.
When asked for comment Thursday morning, Thunder star Kevin Durant had to cut himself short after becoming emotional.
"I tried to think about what I'm going to say, but I just love Coach Monty so much, man. I feel for him. Somebody we all love ... I just don't know what to say. I'm sorry, excuse me," he told ESPN.com.
Williams is well known in NBA circles after more than two decades of involvement with the league. His family's loss drew an outpouring of support from colleagues, players and media members from all corners.
Heartbreaking reaction by Alvin Gentry about Ingrid Williams. pic.twitter.com/0Hdwms8XLk
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) February 11, 2016
Completely devastated. Ingrid Williams was like a 2nd mother to me when I got to NOLA. My thoughts & prayers are with Monty & the family
— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) February 11, 2016
A #Spurs spokesman confirms that Pop missed pre-game media session after learning of the auto accident involving Monty Williams' wife.
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) February 11, 2016
Doc Rivers just was informed about Ingrid Williams. He is fighting off tears. Rivers is very close with Monty Williams. #Clippers
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 11, 2016
Bad news for Williams family:( I hope God will give coach Monty a lot of strength! RIP INGRID .... #terribleNews
— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) February 11, 2016
Deepest condolences to Monty Williams and family. My heart goes out to them. Everyone please say a prayer #ripmrswilliams
— Quincy Pondexter (@QuincyPondexter) February 11, 2016
Prayers up for Monty Williams and his family
— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) February 11, 2016
Saddened to hear about the passing of Ingrid Williams. Condolences to Coach Monty Williams and his entire family.
— Eric Gordon (@TheofficialEG10) February 11, 2016
Prayers goes to my mentor Monty Williams and his family. RIP Ingrid Williams, one of the greatest person I've ever met
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) February 11, 2016
Condolences to my mentor and coach Monty Williams and his entire family
— Marco Belinelli (@marcobelinelli) February 11, 2016
My deepest condolences to Monty and his family. I'm praying and thinking of you all during this tough time. So sorry for your loss.
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) February 11, 2016