Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has passed away on Wednesday, April 18. She was 67.
The Spurs confirmed her death on Wednesday following a long due illness. The team didn't provide further details.
We mourn the loss of Erin,
Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement.
She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.
Gregg has coached Spurs since 1996 and had led the team to five NBA titles. Now, the whole of NBA has Gregg's back at such difficult times.
The whole NBA family is supporting him, got his back through it all,
Warriors star Kevin Durant said.
Feel so bad for Pop.
After Cleveland's 100-97 win over Indiana on Wednesday, Cleveland's star LeBron James was asked about Popovich. James broke out in tears,
That’s such a tragedy. My best wishes goes out to Pop and his family. That’s devastating news.
It’s a lot. The NBA family, we all stick together. I know we compete every night, but when something like this happens it puts everything in perspective.
LeBron James is told about the passing of Gregg Popovich's wife after the Cavs win. Do you think this was an unprofessional decision by TNT? pic.twitter.com/iuyr9ODbFy
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The Popovichs were married for four decades and had two children, Jill Popovich and Micky Popovich.