Elizabeth Ann Irving

Elizabeth Ann Irving

American, Volleyball
Elizabeth Ann Irving

Elizabeth Ann Irving

(née Larson August 13,1967 - September 8, 1996) was an American college volleyball player who played for the Boston University Terriers women's volleyball team. She is best known for being the mother of current NBA player Kyrie Irving.

A classically trained pianist

, Elizabeth Irving, able to read music or play by ear, crooned gospel-choir hymns while she cradled her children in her arms. She lulled her children to sleep with religious lyrics learned inside the Lutheran churches that her father ministered in from Mitchell, S.D., to the Puget Sound.

She was married to Drederick Irving

, a retired professional basketball player in Australia. She walked into Drederick's world one day in the first semester of her freshman year. He was a sophomore. She was in a convenience store on Commonwealth Ave. talking to a friend when he saw her. "The world just stopped for about 30 seconds," he says. The couple had two children: Asia (b. 1991) and Kyrie (b. 1992). Her daughter, Asia, is a fashion designer, and her son, Kyrie, plays in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2015–16, Kyrie help lead the Cavaliers to the NBA championship. She has a granddaughter Azurie, who is named after her, through Kyrie.

Irving died of Sepsis Syndrome

, a complex inflammatory condition associated with infection on September 8, 1996, at the age of 29, and ashes are buried in Mitchell, S.D.

Her two children

still carry on an ongoing memorial, Asia named her store after her. Kyrie, has her name, Elizabeth, is etched on the sole of his Nike shoe with her birthdate and the day she died. "That was one of the first things I knew I wanted to put on the shoe," Kyrie said. "She's one of the reasons why I've come so far, why I have the drive that I do." He also has a tattoo of her name inscribed over his heart with wings and a halo, and another pair of tattoos on his wrists of roman numerals and 13 the date of her birthday. He also found another way to honor her. On November 23, 2015 Kyrie's daughter Azurie was born. Her middle name is Elizabeth.

He also sent a heartfelt message.

"Azurie Elizabeth Irving

, Mommy, I gave her your name because I know you will bless her and our family the same way you blessed me. I love you."


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Elizabeth Ann Larson
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13 August 1967
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Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
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Tacoma Junction, Pierce County, Washington, USA
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Sepsis Syndrome
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