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Wife of Oklahoma City Thunder Assistant Coach Dies After Car Accident
- Updated: February 11, 2016
Oklahoma City, OK – Ingrid Williams, the wife of the Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams, died at the age of 44, the team announced Wednesday.
Williams was involved in a car accident Tuesday night in Oklahoma City when she was hit head-on by another car that crossed over the center lane. She was taken to a hospital and died Wednesday from injuries sustained. She is survived by her husband and their five children. She was 44-years-old.
“The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid’s passing,” the team said in a statement. “Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty’s wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty and his family, and we will support him in every way possible. We know the entire community of Oklahoma City has them in their prayers.”
Before joining the Thunder coaching staff, Monty Williams served as New Orleans’ head coach from 2010 to 2015.
“The New Orleans Pelicans are devastated to hear the news of Ingrid Williams’ passing,” the Pelicans said in a statement. “Ingrid was beloved by the Pelicans organization and the New Orleans community and will forever be remembered as one of the most generous, kind and humble individuals we’ve ever known. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty Williams and his family during this difficult time.”
The death of Ingrid William’s death touched San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who had coached Monty Williams for three seasons and served as coaching intern for the organization.
“I’d rather talk about basketball,” Popovich said. “The personal stuff’s none of your business.”
The NBA family is mourning the loss of a great person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Williams family during this tough time.