Kevin McHale Mourning the Death of 23-Year-Old Daughter

by November 26, 2012

After a long battle with lupus and having been hospitalized with a related condition, Alexandra “Sasha” McHale passed away on Saturday. The Star Tribune has more: “Alexandra McHale, the daughter of Minnesota basketball legend Kevin McHale, died over the weekend, it was announced Sunday. Known as Sasha, she died Saturday in a Twin Cities hospital. She had turned 23 in late October and had been in college at Minnesota Duluth until illness forced her to take a leave of absence. She played varsity for Totino-Grace High School for three years and made honorable mention all-state in 2008, the year her team won the Class 3A state title. ‘She was an outstanding basketball player and the life of the locker room,’ said Shannon Hartinger, her coach at Totino-Grace for three years. ‘She was a joy to be around. You could tell she loved to play basketball.’ Kevin McHale, a former player for Hibbing (Minn.) High School, the Gophers and Boston Celtics, spent 16 years with the Timberwolves as a broadcaster, coach and general manager. ‘While Kevin was with our organization, we all watched Sasha grow up and become an outstanding young woman,’ Wolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. ‘She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.’ During her playing career, Sasha McHale wore the same No. 32 that her Hall of Fame dad wore while he played for the Celtics in the 1980s.”