Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich, died on April 18, 2018, the team confirmed in a statement. Many fans and even a top player expressed shock at hearing the news. She was only 67-years-old.
That has a lot of people wondering: What is Erin Popovich’s cause of death? How did she die? Here’s what is known about that point thus far:
Although the death surprised a lot of fans, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, writing on Twitter, Erin Popovich died after an “extended illness.” However, that illness and the official cause of death had not yet been released as the news broke of Erin Popovich’s death.
It’s clear that many people were not expecting the news. The team is taking on the Golden State Warriors Thursday night in San Antonio.
Even Kevin Durant was caught by complete surprise, judging from a video of a brief interview he gave after learning the news. “What? Seriously?” Durant said when asked about the death only minutes after the team’s statement was released. “Prayers and condolences to his family. Man, I don’t know what to say.” You can watch his response here:
According to ESPN, Durant also said: “The whole NBA family is supporting him, got his back through it all. Feel so bad for Pop.”
Other members of the Spurs’ family also weighed in.
“We mourn the loss of Erin,” said Spurs GM R.C. Buford. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”
The Spurs confirmed the death, releasing this statement. It does not mention cause of death:
With deep regret the San Antonio Spurs announce that Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, passed away earlier today. Erin and Gregg were married for four decades and were blessed with two children and two grandchildren.
“We mourn the loss of Erin,” said Spurs General Manager RC Buford. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”
The organization asks media to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.
Others were too upset to say anything about Erin’s death.
Erin and Gregg Popovich married when he was working as an assistant at the Air Force Academy, according to ESPN, which noted that her father, Jim Conboy, “was a former athletic trainer for the Falcons.”
NewsOK noted that Gregg “Popovich ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday.”
This article will be updated as more information is learned about the circumstances of Erin Popovich’s death. You can read more about Erin Popovich here:
Source: Heavy Sports