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Sasha McHale (left), playing for Totino-Grace, battles DeLaSalle's Tori Rule for a rebound during a girls basketball game in 2008. Alexandra, the daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale, died Saturday. She was 23.

UMD remembers McHale's big heart

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When John Hatcher's class meets today for the first time this week, his University of Minnesota Duluth students won't have journalism on their minds. One of their classmates is the story this week, and it's a sad one. Sasha McHale died this weekend after an illness related to lupus, an auto-immune disease that causes a body to mistakenly fight healthy cells.

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For Hatcher, the death of the 23-year-old is even more difficult on a campus filled with young people.

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