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June 14, 2018 06:45
Hall Of Fame as Former Seattle Storm Coach Anne Donovan Dies

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The Basketball Hall of Famer Anne Donovan, who has won a national high status of champion at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach, died on Wednesday of heart failure. She was aged 56.

Family members of Donovan have officially confirmed the death in a statement.

"While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being," the statement said.

"Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach. Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone," her family also stated that "We are so proud of her accomplishments as a women's' basketball player and coach, but even more proud of her character, integrity, humility and kindness."

Donovan was at the Hall of Fame in the Women's Basketball team of Knoxville and Tennessee, since last weekend.

She was enlisted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, was a crucial part of the debut class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and was accepted in the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.

The 6-foot-8 center coached both in college and the WNBA. She became the first female coach and the youngest person (42) to win a title in the WNBA, guiding the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2004.

"Anne Donovan will always be remembered as a championship coach and a championship person," the Storm said in a statement. "Her dedication, passion and winning spirit set the tone for Storm Basketball. We are deeply saddened by her passing and share our heartfelt condolences with her family."

By Lokesh

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