KNOXVILLE, TN (WATE) – Tennessee Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt’s pastor Chris Stephens, of Faith Promise Church, told Hallerin Hilton Hill on his NewsTalk 98.7 radio show that her son Tyler is no longer allowing visitors and she is expected to pass away in the next few days. He says her health has declined rapidly and a line of former players have come to see her and say goodbye. Stephens says he will handle the funeral.
Summitt is at the center of many prayers going up around Knoxville and the nation.
A statement was released on behalf of Summitt’s family:
“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. 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.”
ESPN reporter Mechelle Voepel said she was told in confidence Friday that many close to Summitt have gone to see her this weekend. She said Los Angeles Sparks player and former Lady Vol Candace Parker left after the Sparks win Friday in Minnesota to go to Knoxville to see ailing Summit. Parker retweeted a tweet by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts asking for prayers.
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