Baseball Great Killebrew Succumbs to Cancer

Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew lost his war against cancer on Tuesday, less than a week after announcing that he was no longer fighting the “awful disease” that he had been battling for months. He was 74.

Killebrew died from esophageal cancer at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 11-time Major League Baseball all-star had announced last week that he stopped treatment for the disease, which doctors said was already incurable. Killebrew announced in December that he was suffering from the deadly cancer. He sounded optimistic of beating the disease back then but eventually resigned to his fate after treatments failed.

Killebrew was known for his home runs, which usually traveled great distances owing to the powerful swings that his 5-foot-11 and 210-pound body produced. He hit a total of 573 home runs throughout his 22-year career, and had eight seasons with at least 40 home runs. He is 11th in the all-time home-run list.