A former women’s basketball star has passed away. She was 56.
Anne Donovan, who won a gold medal as both a player and a coach for Team USA, died of heart failure.
The Donovan family released the following 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 family said. “Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach.”
Donovan accomplished basically everything you could as a player and a coach.
The 6-foot-8 Donovan played collegiately at Old Dominion. She averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds a game.
Anne Donovan had an enormous impact on American sports. She was national champion college player, an Olympic gold medalist as a player and coach, and a WNBA champion as a coach. She touched countless lives and greatly moved women's basketball forward.
— Mechelle Voepel (@MechelleV) June 13, 2018
“Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone,” the family’s statement said. “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.”
“We appreciate your respect for our family’s privacy during this very sad time.”
Rest in peace, Anne.