Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, has died

In this April 22, 2017, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during the second half of Game 4 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies, in Memphis, Tenn. AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The wife of San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich, Erin Popovich, has died, according to a statement from the Spurs.

She was 67.

She died early Wednesday, news outlets reported, after a long illness.

“We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs General Manager RC Buford said.

Spurs announce that Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin, passed away today. pic.twitter.com/vdpgaMfDeO

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 19, 2018

“She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”

The Popoviches were married for four decades.

Erin Popovich is survived by her husband, Gregg, two children and two grandchildren.

Spurs announce that head coach Gregg Popovich’s wife Erin passed away earlier today. “We mourn the loss of Erin,” said Spurs General Manager RC Buford. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”

— Spurs Nation (@Spurs_Nation) April 19, 2018

The Popoviches met at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer.

Gregg Popovich has coached the Spurs since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles.

My condolences to San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich and family on his wife Erin’s passing. @Spurs

— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) April 19, 2018

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San Antonio will face the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

The Warriors lead the series 2-0.

The Austin American-Statesman contributed to this report.

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
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