Hall of Fame catcher Gary Kid Carter died Thursday at age 57. He helped the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series.
I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 pm., his daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on the family's Web site, as reported by ESPN. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire 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.
ESPN said the Carter family granted access to the family's Web site to inform the public.
Carter was diagnosed with four brain tumors last May. In January, Carter's family revealed that doctors found several new tumors on his brain. He was an 11-time All Star and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. Carter retired in 1992 and finished his 19-year career with a .262 average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs, according to ESPN.
Nicknamed Kid, Carter is probably best known for the 1986 series. ESPN reported that the catcher had 24 homers and 105 RBIs that season. He then had 11 runs in the playoffs, the report noted.
When the news of Carter's death was released Twitter fans took the social media site to offer their condolences and tributes.
Here are some of their reactions:
-- R.I.P. Gary Carter. Great player. - Chris Hepworth
-- R.I.P Gary Carter. One of the greatest catchers of all-time. - Cedric Walker
-- R.I.P Gary Carter sad day in baseball. - Mark Campbell
-- r.i.p. Gary Carter you were great condolences to his family - deb
-- Thoughts and prayers go to the family of Gary Carter. R.I.P Gary Carter, you were great! - Kathy Chelsen