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Twins Great Killebrew Passes

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 10:02 am

Minnesota Twins great Harmon Killebrew hass passed away Tuesday at his Scottsdale, Ariz., home. The announcement was jointly made by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Minnesota Twins. Killebrew, who had esophageal cancer, was 74.

Killebrew announced recently that the cancer had been deemed incurable by his doctors and he was entering hospice care.

“With the continued love and support of my wife, Nita, I have exhausted all options,” Killebrew said in a statement Friday. He added: “I have spent the past decade of my life promoting hospice care and educating people on its benefits. I am very comfortable taking this next step and experiencing the compassionate care that hospice provides.”

Killebrew is 11th on baseball’s all-time home run list with 573. He has a statue (pictured below) of his likeness at Target Field.

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