Gary Carter, Former New York Mets Star, Dies of Brain Tumor

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Gary Carter, an 11-time All-Star who will forever be associated with the 1986 World Champion New York Mets, has passed away from brain cancer. He was 57.

The former baseball legend was diagnosed with an aggressive tumor last year and lost his battle with the illness about two hours ago. His daughter confirmed the news in the following statement:

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"I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know."

Carter, who also played for the Montreal Expos, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. He is survived by his wife, three children and three grandchildren.

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i will never forget the hit that propelled the mets in the 1986.you fought the battle and fought a good fight now take your place in the the hall of fame heaven forever more.rip kid

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Gary, you were with the Mets only 5 years, but you were one of the team legends. We will miss you. Wilpons, if you are to do only one thing right this coming season, let it be the retiring of NO. 8! Gary Carter Daughter Official Statement released here http://ow.ly/97Jbd

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One hell of a catcher.