Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak's daughter dies at 15 after lengthy illness

Mitch Kupchak, Los Angeles Lakers general manager, speaks to reporters about the upcoming season, Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013, in El Segundo, Calif. (Nick Ut)

Alina Claire Kupchak, the daughter of Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, passed away Monday after a lengthy illness. She was 15.

The team released the following statement on Twitter:

The specific cause of death was not immediately released. Kupchak has been the Lakers' general manager since 2000. He played in the NBA for 10 years, retiring in 1986.

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