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Report: MLB icon Bill Buckner passes away at 69

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Posted at 2:33 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 14:33:38-04

Former MLB All-Star Bill Buckner passed away at the age of 69 on Monday, according to a report by ESPN.

Buckner, who played 22 seasons in the majors, died following a battle with dementia.

His wife, Jody, shared this statement with ESPN:

"After battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia, Bill Buckner passed away early the morning of May 27th surrounded by his family. Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life. Our hearts are broken but we are at peace knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Buckner, who played with the Dodgers, Cubs, Angels, Royals, and most famously with the Red Sox, won the National League batting title in 1980, and earned his first and only All-Star Game appearance in 1981.

Buckner is infamously known for making a fielding error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series while playing for the Red Sox. That one play ended up costing Boston the World Series against the New York Mets.

Buckner is survived by his wife and three children.