Kimberly Van Gundy, the beloved wife of former NBA coach and current TNT basketball commentator Stan Van Gundy, passed away unexpectedly last week, her obituary revealed. She was only 61 years old.
The cause of death for the devoted mother of four, who died in Orlando on Aug. 16, remains unknown. She had been married to Stan, 63, for 35 years and they had a beautiful love story.
The couple met in 1984 at Castleton State College in Vermont, where Kimberly was studying and Stan became the youngest head basketball coach in the nation at 24, according to Sports Illustrated.
Kimberly was born on Aug. 22, 1961 in Townshend, Vermont, her obituary stated. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Castleton State College and her master’s degree in counseling from Fordham University.
“Kimberly’s kindness and love for all around her was shown through her charitable works and activism,” her obituary said. “In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando or Crossroad’s Corral in Kim’s memory.”
Stan is survived by his wife Kimberly and their children Shannon, Michael, Alison and Kelly; as well as her mother Jane Dennan, her father Ernest Abbott, her brothers Kevin and Keith Abbott and Kristopher Dennan, her two sisters Elizabeth McKenzie and Catherine McCarty, their spouses and 13 nieces and nephews.
Her brother-in-law Jeff Van Gundy, Stan’s younger brother and former NBA coach who recently left ESPN as an analyst, also mourns her loss.
Catherine, Kimberly’s sister, shared a heartbreaking statement with TMZ Sports.
“I lost my big sister Kimberly Abbott Van Gundy on Wednesday,” she wrote. “She was one of my favorite people and I will forever miss her. Rest in peace, Kim.”