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Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin, passes away

By Rob Wolkenbrod
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 25: Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs watches his players during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on February 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 25: Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs watches his players during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on February 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs announced Gregg Popovich’s wife Erin passed away on Wednesday in an official statement.

On Wednesday night, the San Antonio Spurs released a statement that head coach Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin, passed away, via USA Today Sports. Erin and Gregg were married for four decades:

“With deep regret the San Antonio Spurs announce that Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, passed away earlier today,” the statement read. “Erin and Gregg were married for four decades and were blessed with two children and two grandchildren.”

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Erin was ill “over an extended period.” There is no word on what she had and for how long she dealt with it, along with the circumstances of her passing.

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

Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, who works with the 69-year-old head coach in the front office, offered his support, as well:

“We mourn the loss of Erin,” Buford said. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”

It is a sad evening for the Spurs organization and the basketball community, who weighed in on Erin’s passing on Twitter. Thoughts and prayers were given to Popovich and his family.

This puts all things basketball on the backburner for the Spurs, even with Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors just 24 hours away on Thursday night. Expect a moment of silence before the game, especially as it happens in front of the AT&T Center, which will host its first playoff game of the 2018 postseason.

There is no word on if Popovich will coach, and it would obviously not be a surprise if he leaves the game duties to Ettore Messina, Ime Udoka or another assistant on the staff. If not, then fans would see him on the bench for this upcoming playoff game.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Gregg Popovich and the rest of his family.

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