Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, passed away on Wednesday, the Spurs announced:
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 circumstances of the death have not immediately been revealed, but Erin had been ill for “an extended period of time,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, died today, Spurs said in a release. They were married four decades. She had been ill over an extended period.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 19, 2018
After dealing with this devastating loss, Popovich is set to coach the Spurs against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the first round of the NBA playoffs on Thursday night. Here’s Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacting to the tragic news:
Kevin Durant upon learning the sad news. pic.twitter.com/B3MoiXLWE8
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 19, 2018