Kevin McHale’s daughter Sasha McHale dead at 23

Sasha McHale photos have emerged in the wake of her death, and they show a beautiful young girl in the final weeks of her all-too-short life.
Photographs of Sasha McHale have emerged in the wake of her tragic death, and they show a beautiful young girl in the final weeks of her all-too-short life.
Two photos of Sasha McHale (the daughter of Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale) can still be found on her Twitter page, and they show her smiling with friends.
The photos are haunting reminders of how young she was – just 23 years old – at the time of her early death Saturday. A photo of her with three friends was just uploaded on October 9, while her profile photo is not time-stamped.

Kevin McHale's daughter Sasha McHale dead at 23
Sasha McHale.

Alexandra “Sasha” McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale, died Saturday, November 24, reported. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
Sasha was a student at Minnesota Duluth until illness forced her to take a leave of absence from school. Sasha McHale played varsity basketball for Totino-Grace High School for three years, and made honorable mention all-state in 2008, the year the team won the Class 3A state title. During her playing career, Sasha McHale wore the number 32 that her Hall of Fame dad wore while he played for the Boston Celtics in the 1980′s.
Shannon Hartinger (Sasha’s coach at Totino-Grace High School) said: “She (Sasha) was an outstanding basketball player and the life of the locker room. She was a joy to be around. You could tell she loved to play basketball.
Kevin McHale has been on leave from the Houston Rockets since November 10 for a “personal family matter.” In McHale’s absence, Kelvin Sampson has been the interim coach.
Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander issued a statement extending his “deepest condolences” over the loss of the McHales’ “beautiful daughter.” Leslie Alexander called Kevin and Lynn McHale “love and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this difficult time.” Alexander said the “entire organization is in morning.”

Just one week and a half into the NBA’s 2012-13 season, Rockets coach Kevin McHale took leave of his crew on Nov. 10 to attend to what the team at the time called a personal family matter. A few weeks later, we’ve learned the sad truth of what forced the Basketball Hall of Famer to step away from the group he’s coached since 2011.
McHale’s daughter (Alexandra “Sasha” McHale) passed away at age 23 on Saturday. The team did not announce the reason behind her untimely passing, but longtime Houston Chronicle beat writer Jonathan Feigen is reporting that Sasha McHale had long been suffering from lupus, and was hospitalized recently with a condition unfortunately spurred on by the autoimmune disease.
Rockets owner Leslie Alexander released a statement on Sunday concerning this terrible turn of events -
“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.”
Alexander, understandably, did not release a timetable or even confirmation concerning McHale’s possible return to Houston. The Rocket coach’s daughter passed away in Minnesota — Kevin McHale was raised in the area, played at the University of Minnesota, and returned to the NBA in 1995 after retirement from the Boston Celtics as a longtime executive and eventual coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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