Detroit Tigers first base coach Kimera Bartee died on Monday after he reportedly collapsed while visiting family in Nebraska for the holidays.
He had no known health issues and his cause of death remains unknown, the team told the Detroit Free Press.
Bartee, 49, leaves behind his father Jerry, fiancée, Terri Slide, 43, and children Andrew, Amari and Taeja. The family is currently in the process of making funeral arrangements.
Tigers general manager Al Avila issued a statement offering condolences to the family: ‘All of us in the Tigers baseball family were shocked and saddened.
‘Throughout his time in our organization as both a player and a coach, Kimera was known as a kind soul but intense competitor who did his best every day to elevate those around him to do great things.
‘While Tigers fans got used to seeing him in the first base coach’s box, Kimera’s impact on our ball club went far deeper and will be sorely missed.’
Avila added: ‘The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the organization are with Kimera’s family and friends, and his memory and spirit will never be forgotten.’
Bartee, an Omaha native, began his baseball career at Creighton University in Omaha. He spent six years playing in the major leagues and four seasons with the Tigers.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Natasha Anderson