Robert Horry's 17-year-old daughter passes away
After living her life with a rare genetic condition, Ashlyn Horry, the daughter of former Lakers forward Robert Horry, died Tuesday at age 17.
Ashlyn was born on April 2, 1994 with severe respiratory issues and eventually was diagnosed with the 1p36 Deletion Syndrome, caused by the missing part of chromosome No. 1.
"I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers," Horry told The Times' Broderick Turner. "It means so much to our family."
Horry, who won three of his seven NBA championships with the Lakers, cemented his legacy as "Big Shot Rob" thanks to his various clutch playoff performances. That included finishing second all-time for three-pointers made in the postseason (237), first in the NBA Finals (53) and consecutive three-pointers made in a playoff game (seven). But as stated in the Ashlyn Horry Foundation website, "In the game of life, Ashlyn Horry is the true champion of the Horry family." The Times' Tim Brown penned a story during the 2002 NBA playoffs detailing how Robert and Keva Horry spent time with Ashlyn during physical therapy in hopes that she could eventually speak, walk and eat.
"Everybody who knows her, they love Ashlyn like she's their child," Robert Horry told Brown at the time. "When people come over, they're like, 'Where's my baby? Where's Ashlyn?' They get on the floor with her and hug and kiss on her as much as she can stand."
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Robert Horry's three-point shot over the outstretched arm of Sacramento's Chris Webber in the final seconds of Game 4 evened the Western Conference finals in 2002. Credit: Associated Press