Former Tennessee coaching legend Pat Summitt is "struggling" and her family is "preparing for the worst," according to a report from the Knoxville News Sentinel.
According to the report, an unnamed source told the paper "I don't think anybody knows whether she will last a day, a month, or a year."
The family released a statement on Sunday morning:
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"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."
Summitt, who revealed in 2011 that she suffered from early onset Alzheimer's disease, remains in the retirement center she entered early this year.
Summitt continued to coach for the season following her announcement before stepping down at Tennessee. She left the Lady Vols having won 1,098 games and eight national championships.
Hope you don't mind that I ask for prayers for a dear friend close to the end of her journey. Would mean a lot to her fam, Peace be w/ you❤️— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) June 25, 2016
Prayers up for Pat Summitt and her family. Feels like family to me after covering the Lady Vols while I was at UT. Greatest coach ever.— Patrick MacCoon (@PMacCoon) June 26, 2016
Praying for Pat Summitt.— Ron Jaworski (@jawsespn) June 26, 2016
An amazing pioneer.
All prayers and good thoughts to @patsummitt ,her family, friends, the Lady Vols, and Vols family...blessed and honored to know "Coach Pat!"— Charles Davis (@CFD22) June 26, 2016
Summitt's family and former players were said to be with her and preparing a public statement. Several of her supporters were active on social media as the report started circulating.