Former NBA star Robert Horry’s daughter, Ashlyn Horry, died June 14 of complications from a rare disease, according to several reports. She was 17.
Blacksportsonline.com reported that Ashlyn suffered from “severe respiratory issues” her entire life. According to AOL News, she underwent several tests and surgeries before she was eventually diagnosed with 1p36 Deletion Syndrome, a rare disease that develops when part of an individual’s no. 1 chromosome is missing. The rare condition causes “intellectual disability, delayed growth, seizures and respiratory problems,” according to the report.
Robert Horry, who served 16 years in the NBA and won seven championships, has often spoken publicly about his daughter’s condition; he told The Los Angeles Times that he was blessed to have Ashlyn as his daughter.
“My little girl was the light of my life and my family’s,” Horry told the newspaper in a brief phone interview. “It’s been tough, but we were blessed to have her for the time we did.”
Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander released a statement expressing his condolences to the Horry family. Horry was drafted by the Rockets as the 11th overall pick in 1992, and helped Houston win two NBA titles during the mid-1990s, around the same time Ashlyn was born. He went on to win five more championships in the 2000’s, two with the San Antonio Spurs and three with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“My deepest condolences go out to Robert and his family on the tragic passing of his daughter, Ashlyn,” Alexander said, according to the Times. “Ashlyn was born in Houston during Robert’s time with us and I know he shared a special bond with her. The entire Rockets organization is saddened by her passing and our thoughts are with Robert and his family during this trying personal time.”