Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has died after a battle with brain cancer ... this according to his family.
The 57-year-old NY Mets legend had been diagnosed with an aggressive, fast-moving brain cancer last year.
Carter's daughter released a statement saying, "I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m."
She added, "This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know."
Doctors had discovered 4 small tumors in Carter's brain ... after the MLB legend suddenly began to forget things, repeat questions and lacked energy.
Carter -- who was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 -- is survived by his wife, 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Carter was one of the superstars on the world champion '86 Mets squad. He was also an 11-time All Star.
NY Mets Legend Gary Carter
Dead at 57
2/16/2012 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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