Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak’s 15-Year-Old Daughter Dies After ‘Lengthy Illness’

by NESN Staff

January 5, 2015

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers-Jeremy Lin Press ConferenceEL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The 15-year-old daughter of Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has died.

The team said Alina Claire Kupchak died Monday after a lengthy illness. No other details were provided.

The Lakers said Kupchak and his wife, Claire, expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of love, support, thoughts and prayers.

The couple has an 18-year-old son, Maxwell.

“That’s a hard one for everybody, losing a child,” Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said in opening his pregame remarks. “On behalf of the Clippers, we want to send out our blessings.”

Kupchak has been GM of the Lakers since 2000 after Jerry West resigned. Kupchak played in the NBA for 10 years, retiring in 1986.

Photo via Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports Images

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