Alfonso Soriano's mother dies

Updated: January 19, 2011, 11:36 AM ET
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

Andrea Soriano, the mother of Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, died on Tuesday night in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, after suffering what appears to be a heart attack, the player told ESPNdeportes.com.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Quisqueya community of San Pedro de Macoris.

"Mom was fine, happy and healthy," Soriano said. "Even last week I took her to Disney World in Orlando and she was super excited. It was her first time at Disney."

Soriano's mother's death occurred just as Cubs ownership hosted a charity event in the northern part of the country. As part of the activities, majority owner Tom Ricketts and his brothers Peter and Todd visited a medical center located in the Licey county in the province of Santiago.

The Rickettses made a substantial donation to support the development of the hospital, which specializes in treatment of patients with diabetes.

"I had a scheduled meeting with Mr. Ricketts in the Cubs' academy here, where I'm training, but that was canceled because of what happened with my mother," Soriano said. "It's probable that they will go to the funeral."

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.