Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich’s Wife Erin Dies After Long Illness

    Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin, has passed away according to a statement released by the San Antonio Spurs.

    She died on Wednesday after battling an extended illness.

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    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.

    “With deep regret the San Antonio Spurs announce that Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, passed away earlier today,” Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a statement.

    “Erin and Gregg were married for four decades and were blessed with two children and two grandchildren. We mourn the loss of Erin. She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.

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    The Spurs are scheduled to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their playoff series Thursday night in San Antonio. His status for the rest of the series is unknown.

    “The whole NBA family is supporting him, got his back through it all,” Warriors star Kevin Durant said. “Feel so bad for Pop.”

    Erin, 67, met Gregg in the 1970s while he served as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy where her father was an athletic trainer.