Olympic gold medalist and previous Fever coach Anne Donovan passes away at 56

Anne Donovan (Picture courtesy of Getty Images)

Olympic gold medalist and former Fever coach Anne Donovan dies at 56

Anne Donovan

Anne Donovan(Image thanks to Getty Images)

Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a championship game at Old Rule, 2 Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest. She was 56.

Donovan's family verified the death in a declaration.

"While it is exceptionally challenging to reveal how ravaging it is to lose Anne, our household remains so very grateful to have actually been blessed with such a wonderful person," the declaration stated.

"Anne touched numerous lives as a child, sibling, auntie, friend and coach. Anne was a person with strong faith, bold spirit, an offering heart and love for everyone," her family's declaration continued. "We are so happy of her achievements as a women's' basketball gamer and coach, however much more pleased with her character, stability, humility and compassion."

Donovan was at the Women's Basketball Hall of Popularity in Knoxville, Tennessee, last weekend.She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, became part of the inaugural class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Popularity in 1999 and was inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. The 6-foot-8 center coached

both in college and the WNBA. She ended up being the first female coach and the youngest person( 42) to win a title in the WNBA, directing the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2004.

"Anne Donovan will constantly be remembered as a championship coach and a champion person," the Storm said in a declaration. "Her dedication, passion and winning spirit set the tone for Storm Basketball. We are deeply saddened by her death and share our sincere acknowledgements with her family."

She likewise coached the Indiana Fever, the Charlotte Sting, New York City Liberty and Connecticut Sun, working there from 2013-15. The New Jersey local also coached at Seton Hall for two years.Donovan. belonged to three Olympics teams as a player. The 1980 group did not go to Russia because of a boycott. The group won the gold in 1984 and '88, and she coached the winning 2008 team.After. playing at

Old Rule, Donovan played expertly in Japan and Italy.After retiring, she was an assistant at Old

Dominion and then coached at East Carolina University from 1995-1998. She coached the Philadelphia Rage in the American Basketball League in 1997-98.