Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, died on Tuesday, the team announced in a statement.
The Colorado Springs native was 67.
The daughter of longtime Air Force Academy athletic trainer Jim Conboy, Erin met Popovich while he served as an assistant coach with the Falcons in the 1970s.
“With deep regret the San Antonio Spurs announce that Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, passed away earlier today," the Spurs said in a statement. “Erin and Gregg were married for four decades and were blessed with two children and two grandchildren.”
Spurs general manager R.C. Buford offered support.
"We mourn the loss of Erin,” Buford said in a statement. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”
The circumstances around her death were not revealed, though an Air Force graduate who is friends with the Conboy family told The Gazette she had suffered a long illness.
Jim Conboy served as head athletic trainer for the academy from 1955 until his death in 1998. He is a member of the Air Force Academy Athletics Hall of Fame.