Kevin McHale has been noticeably absent from the Houston Rockets' bench. Since November 10th, McHale took a leave of absence to stay by the side of his daughter, Alexandra “Sasha” McHale, as she battled lupus in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, Sasha died from the auto-immune disease on Saturday at the age of 23. 

Upon hearing the news of Sasha's death, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander released the following statement: 

“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.”

We cannot begin to understand what Kevin is going through right now. We also send our deepest condolences to the entire McHale family. 

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[via Ultimate Rockets]