Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte announced on social media his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack.
“Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack,” Marte wrote on Instagram on Monday.
“It is a moment of indescribable pain. On behalf of my family, I am grateful for the expressions of esteem and solidarity in this difficult time.”
MLB network reporter Jon Heyman revealed some additional details about Noelia’s death.
“Starling Marte’s wife died unexpectedly today. She broke her ankle and was in the hospital and said to be awaiting surgery when she passed,” Heyman tweeted.
“Best wishes to Starling, who just announced the death.”
The Diamondbacks posted a tribute on social media: “We are deeply saddened to learn of tragic passing of Noelia Marte.”
“Starling and his family are part of the D-backs’ family and we will do all we can to support him and their children during this incredibly difficult time.”
We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Noelia Marte. Starling and his family are part of the D-backs’ family and we will do all we can to support him and their children during this incredibly difficult time. https://t.co/t7Hbx4UTAX
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Starling and Noelia had three children together.
The 31-year-old Marte has played his entire eight-year big league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Diamondbacks during the off-season.
The Pirates also responded on social media, saying “the entire Pirates family extend our deepest condolences to Starling Marte and family during this terrible time.”
The news about Starling Marte's wife Noelia is just devastating. If you haven't seen, she broke her ankle and died in the hospital while waiting for surgery on the ankle and had a sudden heart attack. Just awful news.
god i feel so awful for Starling Marte… man, i’m hurting for him and his family
– With AP
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