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03/06/06 8:03 PM ET

Statement from Kirby Puckett's family regarding his condition

It is with great sadness that we announce that baseball legend Kirby Puckett was given last rites and passed away this afternoon. The Hall of Famer was hospitalized Sunday after suffering a stroke. Forty-five-year-old Puckett, who led the Minnesota Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991, wished to be an organ donor. Medical staff at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center are currently determining if that wish can be fulfilled.

Kirby's family and friends thank his fans for their thoughts and prayers.

The family is not releasing additional information or conducting interviews at this time. They thank the media for respecting their wishes.

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