Ashlyn Horry, the 17-year-old daughter of former NBA player Robert Horry, died on Tuesday. 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.
“My little girl was the light of my life and my family’s,” Horry told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. “It’s been tough, but we were blessed to have her for the time we did.”
Horry won seven NBA championships during his career with the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. He earned the nickname “Big Shot Rob” due to his clutch shooting late in playoff games.
His daughter lived 17 years with her disorder, enduring multiple surgeries and several other close calls. A 2003 L.A. Times article detailed how she spent the first six months of her life in the hospital, had a tracheotomy for three years, took in most food through a tube and slept with an IV near her bed.