Baseball Great Harmon Killebrew Dies of Cancer at 74

Baseball legend Harmon Killebrew died Tuesday on May 17 of esophageal cancer. Killebrew, 74, passed away peacefully at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his family at his side, according to the Minnesota Twins, his team from 1961-1964. The news came just days after the Hall of Famer told fans he was entering hospice.

“It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end,” Killebrew wrote. “My illness has progressed beyond my doctors’ expectation of cure.”

Killebrew was diagnosed in December and had undergone treatment at the Mayo Clinic. Treatment often includes chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy.

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