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Tampa Bay Lightning founder Phil Esposito says "I'm in total shock" about his daughter's death



Tampa Bay Lightning founder Phil Esposito said he is expecting the phone at his Tampa home to ring at any moment. On the other end will be his daughter, Carrie, calling from Germany to say the reports of her death were all a cruel joke.

"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 Rocco, 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.

"She refused to go to the doctor," Esposito said. "She refused to go to the hospital. 'I'm fine. I'm taking the kids to practice.' That's all I know."

The family lived in Krefeld, Germany, where Alex Selivanov played from 2003-2008. 

Esposito said this is the story he got from Selivanov:

Selivanov was out of the house at a hockey rink with the kids when a neighbor, who was supposed to meet up with Carrie for coffee, discovered her in distress at the family home. Carrie was taken by ambulance to a hospital where she was induced into a coma to try and stabilize her.

Esposito said he will fly to Germany this week to help attend to Carrie's affairs and get further details.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 9:20pm]


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