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NY Mets Legend Gary Carter

Dead at 57

2/16/2012 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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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.

R.I.P.

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melissa b    

Very very heart breaking and sad. Hope his family and friends find peace. So so sad. :(

876 days ago
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The Neko Nation    

R.I.P. Kid, A guy who did it the right way. Should be getting more pub and praise than a drug addicted piece of trash like Whitney Houston.

876 days ago
18.

Tye    

Oh well..........NEXT!!!

876 days ago
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tommyr    

I'm upset over Gary passing, the hell with that alcoholic/drug addict Whitney. RIP Gary, you were one of the great Mets!

876 days ago
20.

Chuck D of Valpo    

A great great baseball player. Gary Carter had a strong work ethic who played the game with the greatest of ease. Young players would do well to study how he approached the game.

876 days ago
21.

StevenTyler324    

RIP to arguably the greatest catcher in New York Mets history. It's a very sad day for Mets fans.

876 days ago
22.

miguel    

In my era there were some great catchers from Bench to Munson and on to Carter. Classy guy with incredible ability to call a game. R.I.P. Gary you earned it and all the respect that comes your way. I'm sure there will be a moment of silence to start the baseball season and it couldn't happen for a more class act then Gary.

876 days ago
23.

Steve    

RIP Kid!

876 days ago
24.

Denver    

A great ball player and by all accounts an even better teammate, friend and family man. This guy should be getting all the attention and adoration for his life and the tragic illness he courageously endured, not that drug addict woman that none one can seem to shut up about.

876 days ago
25.

Sharon    

Sad to hear. He was a great player and a fine gentleman. Echo the sentiments of those who feel his passing should receive more attention than that of a self-absorbed addict who trashed her own career, reputation, and ultimately, life.

876 days ago
26.

metsfaninbrooklyn    

Gary, you were a wonderful ballplayer and family man, and your joy was infectious . . . rest with the angels now, Kid . . . we love you!

876 days ago
27.

Sonya in Tx    

The 1986 World Series when the Mets won was the most exciting series I've ever seen. Thanks for the memories Gary. You are my hero, then, now and forever. :)

876 days ago
28.

Home Skillet    

Bummed. He was a truly nice guy. RIP, Gary, and peace to your family and friends.

876 days ago
29.

Hisjules    

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876 days ago
30.

Peter Pan    

Gary Carter enter the Hall of Fame as an Expo... Please respect his own wishes as to how he wanted to be identified...

876 days ago
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