The sporting world has been rocked by the death of baseball star Starling Marte’s wife.
The Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder announced on social media on Monday that wife Noelia had died of a heart attack.
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“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.
“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.”
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Noelia broke her ankle and was at hospital awaiting surgery when she died.
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. Best wishes to Starling, who just announced the death.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 19, 2020
There are no further details on her death.
Starling and Noelia had two boys and a girl. The couple were originally from Villa Mella near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Noelia Brazoban was the sister of Dominican singer-songwriter Wason Brazoban.
Sporting world in shock over tragedy
The Diamondbacks sent their condolences to Marte on social media.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of tragic passing of Noelia Marte,” the Diamondbacks wrote.
“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.”
The 31-year-old Marte had played his entire eight-year big league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Diamondbacks during the off-season.
He made an All-Star team in 2016 and has won two gold gloves.
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 rest of the sporting world also reacted with shock, sending condolences to Marte and his family.
The entire Pirates family extend our deepest condolences to Starling Marte and family during this terrible time.— Pirates (@Pirates) May 19, 2020
Our hearts are truly saddened by this news. https://t.co/0JJd8kBEoe
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— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) May 19, 2020
Deepest condolences to Starling Marte and his family in regards to his wife Noelia’s passing today. Noelia was supposedly at the hospital awaiting surgery on her broken ankle when she unexpectedly had a heart attack.— Dbacks SnakeNewss (@SnakeNewss) May 19, 2020
Arizona is here for you Marte ❤️#RIPNoelia https://t.co/CbBZIHGket
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.— DSzymborski (@DSzymborski) May 19, 2020
god i feel so awful for Starling Marte... man, i’m hurting for him and his family— max (@MaxWildstein) May 19, 2020
Starling Marte’s wife passed away unexpectedly today. She had a heart attack while she was waiting for ankle surgery. Praying for the Marte family. RIP Noelia 🙏💔 pic.twitter.com/W2iwc7ro8Y— Ballplayer City (@BallplayerCity) May 19, 2020