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Tim Wakefield's Widow Stacy Dies 5 Months After the Boston Red Sox Pitcher

Tim Wakefield's Widow Stacy Dies 5 Months After the Boston Red Sox Pitcher

"The loss is unimaginable, especially in the wake of losing Tim just under five months ago," the Wakefield family said in a statement

<p>Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty</p> Tim Wakefield and Stacy Wakefield

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Tim Wakefield and Stacy Wakefield

Stacy Wakefield, the widow of the late Major League Baseball player, Tim Wakefield, has died, the Boston Red Sox has confirmed. Her death comes five months after the pitcher died in October 2023.

The team announced Stacy’s death in a press release Wednesday on behalf of the Wakefield family.

"It is with deep sadness that we share that our beloved mother, daughter, sister, niece, and aunt, Stacy, passed away today at her home in Massachusetts,” the Wakefield family said in a statement. “She was surrounded by her family and dear friends, as well as her wonderful caretakers and nurses. The loss is unimaginable, especially in the wake of losing Tim just under five months ago. Our hearts are beyond broken.”

The family added, “We will remember Stacy as a strong, loving, thoughtful and kind person, who was as down-to-earth as they come. We feel so lucky to have had her in our lives, and we take comfort in the fact that she will be reunited with Tim, the love of her life.”

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<p>Matthew West/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty</p> During a pre game ceremonyy honoring the knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield, flanked by his wife Stacy and his family, wipes a tear from his eye at Fenway Park on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Staff Photo by Matthew West.

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During a pre game ceremonyy honoring the knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield, flanked by his wife Stacy and his family, wipes a tear from his eye at Fenway Park on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Staff Photo by Matthew West.

Both Stacy and Tim — whose famous “knuckleball” made him one of the most dominant Major League pitchers of the early 2000s — were diagnosed with different forms of cancer, according to MLB pitcher Curt Schilling, who revealed the couple’s diagnoses against their wishes last September.

Schilling, 56, had said on his podcast that Tim — who was his teammate on the Red Sox from 2004 to 2007 — had been diagnosed with an “aggressive form of brain cancer” and that his wife has pancreatic cancer.

After Schilling shared the news without the couple's permission, the Red Sox requested “privacy” on behalf of the Wakefields in a statement obtained by PEOPLE at the time.

<p>Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty</p>

Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty

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“We are aware of the statements and inquiries about the health of Tim and Stacy Wakefield,” the team said. “Unfortunately, this information has been shared publicly without their permission. Their health is a deeply personal matter they intended to keep private as they navigate treatment and work to tackle this disease."

The statement continued, “Tim and Stacy are appreciative of the support and love that has always been extended to them and respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”

At the time of Tim's death, MLB said, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tim Wakefield, 19-year Major Leaguer, two-time World Series champion, 2009 AL All-Star, and the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award winner.”

They added, “Tim embodied the finest qualities as a teammate, a competitor, and a caring man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wakefield family and all who knew and loved Tim.”

<p>Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty</p> Franciscan Hospital for Children dedicated its new athletic field to Red Sox Pitcher Tim Wakefield. He and his wife, Stacy, and kids Trevor and Brianna, dedicate the new field.

Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty

Franciscan Hospital for Children dedicated its new athletic field to Red Sox Pitcher Tim Wakefield. He and his wife, Stacy, and kids Trevor and Brianna, dedicate the new field.

In their statement released via the Red Sox on Wednesday, the Wakefield family also thanked Stacy’s caregivers and asked for privacy.

“We would like to thank all of Stacy’s doctors, nurses and caretakers who helped her from diagnosis to today — we are eternally grateful for your unmatched care and support,” the family said. “And to all of you who have sent well wishes over these last several months, we truly appreciate your kindness.”

They added, “We kindly ask for privacy at this time as we try to process this profound loss.”

The couple first married in 2002 and had two children — Trevor, 19, and Brianna, 17 — together.

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