Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak talks to reporters at the team's practice facility in El Segundo, Calif., June 23, 2010.
Reed Saxon—AP

Alina Kupchak, the 15-year-old daughter of Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, died on Monday after a lengthy illness.

The Lakers issued the following statement:

Kupchak has been the Lakers’ GM since the 1994-95 season. Over that span, the Lakers have won five NBA championships and made 18 playoff appearances.

Kupchak played nine season in the NBA, including four with the Lakers from 1981-86 (he sat out 82-83 with a knee injury), winning the 1985 title after Los Angeles defeated the Boston Celtics.

This article originally appeared on SportsIllustrated.com

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