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by Paul on 01/31/12 at 09:12 PM ET
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes at the Tampa Bay Times,
“I’m really having major difficulties with this,” Esposito told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday. “I’m just in total shock. I cannot believe it even as I sit and talk to you. I expect her to call me and say, “April fool.’ “
Carrie Selivanov, 43, who was married to former Lightning star Alex Selivanov, died Monday, apparently of a sudden illness, Esposito said. The couple had two children: Nikko, 13; and Rocko, 9. Dylan, 18, was Carrie’s son from a previous marriage.
Esposito said he last spoke to his daughter, one of three he had in two previous marriages, about four days ago.
“She never said a word,” Esposito said. “She said she was fine.”
Esposito, though, said he knew his daughter had been ill and that about 10 days ago she “coughed up some blood.”
But Carrie declined to see a doctor.
TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning Founder Phil Esposito released the following statement this evening:
“On behalf of Alex Selivanov, Carrie’s sisters Laurie and Cherise, and my wife Bridget, I’d like to thank everyone in the Tampa Bay community and in the hockey fraternity for their thoughts, prayers and well wishes as we grieve Carrie’s passing yesterday. We are shocked and saddened with her death but we will remember her for the energy and vigor that she brought to each day of her life. Our focus will now center on her sons Dylan, Nikko and Rocco.”
Carrie Esposito Selivanov passed away on Monday, January 30 in Germany after suffering from an unknown illness. She had been living in Germany with husband and former NHL and Lightning player Alex Selivanov and their three children Dylan (18), Nikko (13) and Rocco (10) as Selivanov has been most recently playing and coaching in the Netherlands. Private funeral services will be held later this week in Germany.
Condolences for the family can be sent to: Phil Esposito, c/o Tampa Bay Lightning, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602. The family has yet to determine where memorial donations should be made. More information will be forthcoming when available.
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