Not much is known about Elizabeth Irving, the mother of Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving. As we all know Irving was drafted into the NBA back in the 2011 draft. Since entering the league, he has put it on notice via his incredible shooting and finishing abilities.
One could argue that Irving is one of the most talented players in his position that the game has ever seen. While there is no denying that he put in the work to get to this level, his father Drederick, who was also a professional basketball player, had a huge role in his development during Kyrie’s early years.
Although we know Drederick is on good terms with his son and has been by his side throughout his NBA journey, the same cannot be said about his mother Elizabeth. With that being said, let us take a look at her cause of death and how losing her impacted Kyrie.
Elizabeth Irving passed away when Kyrie Irving was just 4 years old
Despite all the controversial things that Kyrie has said and done over the years, fans felt simply awful and empathetic after hearing Irving discuss how his life has never been the same after losing his mother. To those who do now know, Elizabeth Irving, unfortunately, passed away due to a mysterious illness when Kai was just 4 years old.
Although we didn’t know why at the time, which caused a fair amount of speculation, it was later revealed that Elizabeth died due to a form of skin disease called Sepsis Syndrome. Her sudden passing left her husband Drederick no choice but to take care of Kyrie and his sister Asia.
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One can only imagine what life could have been like for two little children growing up without a mother from the beginning of childhood itself. Although Kyrie was able to make his father proud after his NBA success, he revealed that he was never able to do the same things with his mother.
“I never got to give my mom my awards in the NBA,. I never got to hug my mom after a 40-point game, I never got to hug my mom getting my first car, I never had my mom teach me how to drive. I never had my mom go to the DMV to help get my driver’s license with me.”
For some of us, this is heartbreaking to hear. Not only because Irving didn’t get to have many memories with his mother, But also because he doesn’t even seem to know what core memories a mother and child create over the years. Hopefully, he has a lot of love and support from the others in his life.