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Daughter of Rockets' coach McHale dies at 23

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HOUSTON -- The daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has died at 23.

Alexandra "Sasha" McHale died Saturday, and the team disclosed no other details Sunday.

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.

Team owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement that he extends his "deepest condolences" over the loss of the McHale's "beautiful daughter." He called Kevin and wife Lynn "loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time."

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."

McHale spent several years with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a coach and executive before joining the Rockets following two seasons as a TV analyst.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 26, 2012 C6

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