Erin Popovich, Coach Pop's Wife, Has Passed Away

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Update 4/19: This story has been updated to reflect LeBron James' statement regarding his sideline interview.

In a press release sent out Wednesday, the Spurs Sports and Entertainment organization announced the passing of Erin Popovich, head coach Gregg Popovich's wife of more than 40 years.

Erin had been ill for some time and passed away on Wednesday.

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

She and the Spurs coach had two children and two grandchildren.

While the Spurs organization nor any of the key players have shared condolences on their social media channels, league community members and other celebrities have taken to Twitter to express well-thoughts to Coach Pop. Sports journalists and networks also noted how colleagues were reacting to the news.

Some journalists took the news as a way to get real-time reactions from players on the sidelines, which has garnered much criticism. James shared a video to clarify that Laforce had informed him of the news and asked if it was okay to question him on air. He said his reaction during the interview was the result of his emotions overcoming him.
Condolences to Gregg, the Popovich family and the Spurs community.

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