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Ms Summitt led the
national championships during her storied, 38-year career with the team. University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers
She also had 1,098 career victories, the most in Division I college basketball history for both a men's or a women's coach, and led the women's national team to Olympic glory.
Her death comes five years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.
Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in
surrounded by family. Knoxville
"Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, Alzheimer's Type, and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced," he said.
"Even though it's incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease."
'Pivotal figure in drive for equality'
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Over the next four decades, no one would do more than Summitt to raise the profile of women's college basketball, taking it from a niche sport to one that outranks all but men's football and men's basketball in popularity.
With her death on Tuesday at age 64 from complications from early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, the world has not just lost a great basketball coach but a pivotal figure in women's drive for equality in both sports and the world beyond.
Ms Summitt announced in 2011 she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 59.
She coached one more season before stepping down in 2012.