Update: Former University of Tennessee women’s basketball Pat Summitt died Tuesday at the age of 64.
Read the original report on her health below:
Legendary former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt has had a “difficult” past few days in her battle against early onset dementia, her family says.
“On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses,” spokesperson Erin Freeman said in a statement. “She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.”
Summitt was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. She resigned as Tennessee’s coach a year later after trying to coach with the disease.
The newspaper reported on June 26 that Summitt was “struggling” and her family was “preparing for the worst.”
A source told the News Sentinel, “I don’t think anybody knows whether she will last a day, a month, or a year.
As her health declined, Summitt left the public eye. She moved into a retirement center in January 2016, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
“She loves the daily interaction with her neighbors there,” her son, Tyler Summitt, told the newspaper. “They have fun watching Lady Techster and Lady Vol games together in an on-site movie theater. She often joins her neighbors for dinner and for other activities. She is happy and content in her surroundings and I am grateful that she could stay in such an awesome place.”
The News Sentinel reports that Summitt has not been moved from the retirement center because of her recent health struggles, and says family, friends and former players have gathered at her bedside.