Daughter of Kevin McHale dies at 23

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Alexandra McHale, known as Sasha, and the daughter of former Minnesota basketball star Kevin McHale died this weekend, said Heron Marquez Estrada of the Star Tribune.

Sasha, who helped Totino-Grace win a state basketball championship in 2008, had been attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth until her illness forced her to take a leave of absence, Estrada said.

Sasha suffered from lupus, an auto-immune disease, a ColumbusDispatch.com article said.

Kevin McHale, the current head coach of the Houston Rockets, took a leave of absence, leaving Kelvin Sampson to take over the coaching duties, the article said.

Following his Hall of Fame playing career with the Celtics, McHale spent several years with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a coach and executive before joining the Rockets following two seasons as a television analyst, according to a Boston.com article.

''While Kevin was with our organization, we all watched Sasha grow up and become an outstanding young woman,'' Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. ''She will be sorely missed by her family and friends."

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