Diamondbacks OF Starling Marte announces that his wife died of heart attack

Starling Marte announced on Monday that his wife has died. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte announced on Monday that his wife, Noelia, died of a heart attack.

He made the announcement across his social media with a picture of himself alongside Noelia at the Grand Canyon.

“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.”

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Noelia broke her ankle and was at a hospital awaiting surgery when she died. There are no further details on her death.

Marte, 31, has played eight MLB seasons, all with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made an All-Star team in 2016 and has won two gold gloves. The Pirates traded Marte to the Diamondbacks this offseason.

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