Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter, a pivotal player when the New York Mets won the 1986 World Series, succumbed to brain cancer Thursday. He was 57.
I recently blogged about Carter, who was a star player on the Montreal Expos and the Mets, when it was revealed that his condition had taken a dramatic turn for the worse.
Carter, described as a “slugging catcher” by The New York Times, was diagnosed with brain cancer in May. He underwent treatment, chemo and radiation, but by January he had new brain tumors.
His daughter Kimmy Bloemers, who disclosed that he had developed new tumors, announced her father’s death on her journal on CaringBridge.org.
“I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m.,” she wrote. “This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in myentire life but I wanted you all to know. He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus.”
Bloemers said that she was happy her father was free of pain now, and added that he was now in God’s Hall of Fame.
Carter died in West Palm Beach, Fla.