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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has died at 22.

The death of Alexandra “Sasha” McHale was announced by the team Sunday. No other details were released. USA Today reported that she passed after an ongoing battle with Lupus.

Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with what the team called a personal family matter.

Team owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement that he extends his “deepest condolences” over the loss of the McHales’ “beautiful daughter.” He called Kevin and wife Lynn “loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time.” He said the “entire organization is mourning.”

Kelvin Sampson has been the interim coach. There is no timetable for Kevin McHale’s return.

Kevin McHale played 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics.

He was the third overall pick in the 1980 draft, won three championships with the Celtics and was chosen in 1996 as one of the 50 greatest NBA players.

He was a seven-time All-Star. He won the NBA’s Sixth Man award twice and averaged 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds for his career. He was even better in the playoffs where he averaged 18.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in 169 career games.

McHale was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

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