MLB star Starling Marte mourns death of wife after heart attack

    The Dominican All-Star athlete says that this is a 'moment of indescribable pain'

    Arizona Diamondbacks star, Starling Marte, announced on his social media platforms that his beloved wife, Noelia Brazoban-Marterecently died of a heart attack. 

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    The 31-year-old star shared a photo of himself and his wife 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. It is a moment of indescribable pain,” the caption read, “On behalf of my family, I am grateful for the expressions of esteem and solidarity in this difficult time.”

     

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    Hoy paso por el gran dolor de hacer de conocimiento público el lamentable fallecimiento de mi esposa Noelia, a causa de un paro cardíaco. Es un momento de dolor indescriptible. En nombre de mi familia, agradezco las muestras de aprecio y solidaridad en esta situación tan difícil. • Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack. 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. • Ay, mi gorda, Dios mío! ¿Por qué te fuiste?! Te me fuiste! Dios! Tú que eras tan buena! Me dejaste solo mi amor 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔 ay que dolor que voy hacer

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    Marte, who is from the Dominican Republic, shared his statement first in Spanish and then English. 

     People Magazine reports that Noelia was in the hospital to have surgery on her broken ankle before succumbing to cardiac arrest. Tragically, outside of this account of a pending operation, very few details have emerged regarding her death.

    Outside of her husband, Noelia leaves to mourn the couple’s three children; Starling Jr., Smerling, and a daughter, Tiana, who had just turned four. 

    His team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, shared Marte’s post and added a statement.

    “We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Noelia Marte,” the statement continues, “Starling and his family are part of the D-backs’ family and we will do all we can to support him and his children during this incredibly difficult time.”

    Marte made his debut in the MLB in 2012 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is an All-Star with the league and a two-time Gold Glove winner. 

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    His former team, the Pirates, also tweeted their condolences.

    “The entire Pirates family extend our deepest condolences to Starling Marte and family during this terrible time. Our hearts are truly saddened by this news.”

    Marte played for the Pirates for eight seasons. He was traded to the Diamondbacks in January. 

    Sports Illustrated and other sportswriters also shared their condolences for the tragic loss. 

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