The daughter of former Laker Robert Horry died at age 17 after dealing her entire life with a rare genetic condition.
Ashlyn Horry died early Tuesday morning at a Houston hospital, Horry said.
"My little girl was the light of my life and my family's," Horry said in a brief phone interview. "It's been tough, but we were blessed to have her for the time we did."
Ashlyn was Robert's first child. He has a son, Cameron.
She had severe respiratory issues and other complications. The Times wrote a story about Ashlyn in which her condition was called "a neurological syndrome that mimics cerebral palsy."
Her disorder became known as the 1p36 deletion syndrome. It is caused when a child is born missing a part of chromosome No. 1
"I want to thank all the fans and my friends for their prayers and thoughts," Horry said. "I can't tell you how much we appreciate all the outpouring of support."