Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died early Wednesday, the team announced. She was 67 years old and was struggling with illness for a long time.
The couple had been married for four decades and had two children – Jill and Mickey – and two grandchildren.
"We are mourning the loss of Erin," Spurs Chief Executive RC Said Buford. "She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who gave us all love, support and humor."
Erin and Gregg Popovich were married when he worked as an assistant at the Air Force Academy from 1973 to 1979. Erin's father, Jim Conboy, was a former athletic trainer for the Falcons.
The Spurs play Thursday night at home against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their first round series. It was not immediately known if Gregg Popovich would be with the team, and the Spurs demanded that the media respect the privacy of the family.
Warriors striker Kevin Durant learned of Erin Popovich's death shortly after the Spurs released their testimony.
I just want Pop to know that the whole NBA family has been supporting him and getting his way through all of that, "said Durant." It's bigger than the game. It's bigger than winning and losing. It's about the Brotherhood we built as NBA players and everyone in the NBA family. I feel so bad for Pop and his family. That's hard to hear. "[1