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Old 05-23-2010, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default OT: Former MLB Pitcher Jose Lima dies of heart attack

Lima, 37, died of heart attack, wife says

By Enrique Rojas
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NEW YORK -- Former All-Star right-hander Jose Lima died Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 37.

The cause of death was ruled a heart attack, according to his wife, Dorca Astacio.

"Jose was complaining while sleeping and I just thought he was having a nightmare," Astacio told ESPNdeportes.com. "I called the paramedics, but they couldn't help him."

Lima was 89-102 in 13 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.

He was selected to the All-Star Game with Houston in 1999, when he won a career-high 21 games.

Lima didn't return to the major leagues after being released by the Mets in 2006, when he posted a 0-4 record.

Last winter, Lima played for the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Republic and had announced plans to do the same in the upcoming season.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.
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Old 05-23-2010, 11:03 AM   #2
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Very sad, RIP.
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Truly sad, I didn't realize he was just 37. He was a vivacious personality that loved playing the game.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:25 PM   #4
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That's sad. I very much remember his time with the Royals. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy. My condolences go to his family...
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:42 PM   #5
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Something isn't right about this. A "heart attack" in a 37 year old professional athlete should immediately raise a few red flags. I would imagine that an autopsy is indicated.
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Something isn't right about this. A "heart attack" in a 37 year old professional athlete should immediately raise a few red flags. I would imagine that an autopsy is indicated.
you think steroids might be involved?
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you think steroids might be involved?
I'm just saying that 37 year olds rarely die of coronary artery disease... rare to the point of suspicion that something else was going on.
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Something isn't right about this. A "heart attack" in a 37 year old professional athlete should immediately raise a few red flags. I would imagine that an autopsy is indicated.
Absolutely.
That's too young for somebody to die, let alone for somebody being involved in athletics...
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:32 PM   #9
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When I looked up his stats I was shocked how bad his career ERA was. For some reason I thought he was a pitcher who was money for quite a few years and then became trash.

In reality he only had 2 solid years in Houston and 1 ok one in LA.

Still. Always sad to hear someone die so young. An athlete to a heart attack no less. Also heard he was a well liked person.

He leaves behind this wife.



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