HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets have confirmed that Coach Kevin McHale's daughter, Alexandra "Sasha" McHale, passed away on Saturday afternoon.
McHale took a leave of absence from the team on Nov. 10 to be with his family in Minnesota, the organization said in a press release.
"I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful da ughter, Sasha, on Saturday afternoon," Leslie Alexander, owner of Houston Rockets, said in a released statement on Sunday. "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."
Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has been handling the head coaching duties in McHale’s absence.