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MLB Legend Harmon Killebrew -- Dead at 74

5/17/2011 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew passed away this morning after a battle with esophageal cancer.

Harmon Killebrew Cancer

The baseball legend died in his home in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Nita at his side.

Killebrew was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December.

He announced in a press release last week that he was stopping treatment for the disease -- which had "progressed beyond [his] doctors’ expectation of cure."

He was 74.

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mrspatrickcampbell    

Harmon was cute - please post nude photos!

1199 days ago
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Shread    

A Monster Ball Player and a good role model for the kids. R.I.P. Harmon.

1199 days ago
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Glynn    

One of the greats!

1199 days ago
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CoolKid    

R.I.P.

1199 days ago
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Twins Fan    

May you rest in peace "Killer".

1199 days ago
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SantaFeJack    

Based on what I read leading up to his death, this man was one class act. He really did die with dignity.

1199 days ago
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Scrum    

A class act to the end! RIP

1199 days ago
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Jillian    

RIP Harmon. You were truly one of the greats on and off the playing field. I'll never forget you.

1199 days ago
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Chuck D of Valpo    

One of the all time greats. Rest in peace, Harmon. You could hit the baseball from here to eternity.

1199 days ago
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The PMG    

Today is a sad day not just for baseball fans, but all sports fans in general. Harmon showed amazing capability for a game he loved was a true sportsman while doing it. He will be missed by many, myself included. R.I.P. Harmon, you earned it.

1199 days ago
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kp    

now this is a man that you can look up to. this is a real HERO on or off the field.
RIP

1199 days ago
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Truth    

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SMOKE AND CHEW THAT DAMN TOBACCO. NOT A SURPRISE...

1199 days ago
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sick of it    

Thanks for the MEMORIES and R.I.P.

1199 days ago
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CCC    

Great player. Great father and husband. Great person in general. To make peace with everything living while knowing your demise is near is something we all need to think about. It makes the passing easier on everyone envolved and shows true herorics. I can only hope that when my time comes, I will be able to do it with the grace and dignity that Mr. Killebrew showed. RIP.

1199 days ago
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Geoff    

Despite rumors that Killebrew was the player depicted in the Major League Baseball logo, according to the creator, it was not patterned after Killebrew or any other specific player.

1199 days ago
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