Posted by Media Outrage on June 15th, 2011
Former NBA player Robert Horry lost his daughter yesterday. She was 17 and had battled illness for most of her life:
Ashlyn Horry, daughter of former Rockets forward Robert Horry, died Tuesday at age 17 after a battle with a rare genetic condition.
Ashlyn was born April 2, 1994 with a disorder called 1p36 Deletion Syndrome, which caused a partial deletion of her number 1 chromosome. She also had to battle severe respiratory issues that required a six-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital upon her birth, but was able to survive.
Robert Horry and his wife, Keva, established The Ashlyn Horry Foundation in 2008. One of the organization’s primary objectives is to help support families of children battling similar illnesses.
In 2001, Horry told the Chronicle’s Fran Blinebury that Ashlyn was born with a genetic defect that rendered her unable to walk or eat without assistance and unable to speak.
“I don’t know the official name, ” Horry said at the time. “Just that it’s long and it’s difficult.”
Robert Horry was drafted out of Alabama by the Rockets in 1992 and played for them for four seasons, helping Houston win championships in 1994 and 1995. He played for four teams during a 16-year career, winning seven championships and earning the nickname “Big Shot Bob” for his ability to hit clutch shots in big games.
Ashlyn is survived by her parents and her brother Camron.
Here’s a link to the original report on Ashlyn’s death.
Mediaoutrage- Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Horry family during this difficult time of grief. So sad.