Killebrew released a statement through the Minnesota Twins and the Baseball Hall of Fame, which reads--
"It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end. With the continued love and support of my wife, Nita, I have exhausted all options with respect to controlling this awful disease. My illness has progressed beyond my doctors' expectation of cure."
"I have spent the past decade of my life promoting hospice care and educating people on its benefits. I am very comfortable taking this next step and experiencing the compassionate care that hospice provides."
"I am comforted by the fact that I am surrounded by my family and friends. I thank you for the outpouring of concern, prayers and encouragement that you have shown me. I look forward to spending my final days in comfort and peace with Nita by my side."
DEEP! Very deep!
Killebrew played with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins from 1954 to 1974. He hit a whopping 573 home runs back in the days when 500 home runs meant something. He was an 11-time All-Star and the 1969 AL MVP. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
BEST WISHES to one of the GREAT ONES and his family!