Former NBA Star Loses Daughter to Lifelong Illness

Robert Horry, wife Keva and beloved daughter Ashlyn.

No one ever expects to bury their own child.  But when a disease presents your child with lifelong challenges, there’s a constant battle to keep them alive. Now add to that equation working in professional basketball and having to be away from your child while also trying to please your team and a nation of fans.

Robert Horry was a power forward for several teams and he has won seven NBA championships being a clutch player.  He was good under pressure and now some may see why.  He was in the battle of his life at home and taking it all in stride.Not many knew that his daughter, Ashlyn Horry, suffered from a rare disorder called “1p36 Deletion Syndrome, caused by the missing part of chromosome No. 1,” according to the L.A. Times.

Ashlyn, now 17, lost her battle on Tuesday and her family can’t possibly know what to do with the grief.  On Tuesday, Horry told the L.A. Times, “My little girl was the light of my life and my family’s…It’s been tough, but we were blessed to have her for the time we did.” Our hearts go out to them all.

Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

(Retraction printed on Robert Horry’s position from point guard to power forward.)

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