In a stunning development former Minnesota Twin and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett died Monday at the age of 44, just days short of his 45th birthday. Puckett has a stroke at his Arizona home Sunday and died Monday at at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
From The Minneapolis Star Tribune come the following quotes:
Twins owner Carl Pohlad and Puckett's family issued separate statements shortly after his death.It's a sad day for baseball...
"This is a sad day for the Minnesota Twins, Major League Baseball and baseball fan everywhere," Pohlad said in his statement. "Eloise [his late wife] and I loved Kirby deeply. Kirby's impact on the organization, State of Minnesota and Upper Midwest is significant and goes well beyond his role in helping the Twins win two World Championships.
"A tremendous teammate, Kirby will always be remembered for his never-ending hustle, infectious personality, trademark smile and commitment to the community. There will never be another Puck."
According to statement released from Saint Joseph's by his family, Puckett wished to be an organ donor.
"Kirby's family and friends thank his fans for their thoughts and prayers," the family said in the release.