Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold medalist Anne Donovan has died.
Donovan won two Olympic gold medals in the 80's and coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 2008. Anne passed away from heart failure at age 56.
As reported by apnews.com
Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.
Donovan’s family 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’s statement continued. “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 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee, last weekend.
She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, was part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and was inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.
Anne Donovan was a true champion, and will be greatly missed by the basketball world. Donovan was the first female coach and youngest person to win a title in the WNBA.
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