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Kiki Vandeweghe loses mother

Mar 24, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

Kiki Vandeweghe had been away from the Nets, spending time with his ill mother Colleen out in California.

He returned to the team today, only to learn his mother had died, according to the Star Ledger.

The Nets coach will stay on the job for a while, or until they work out the funeral arrangements. Colleen Kay Hutchins, who was 83, is survived by her husband – former Knicks star Dr. Ernie Vandeweghe – and two sons and two daughters.

Vandeweghe, who had left the Nets Sunday and skipped Monday’s loss to Miami to be with his family, had been contending with his mother’s illness for more than a year.

Our most sincere condolences to the Vandeweghe family. 

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