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Former MLB pitcher Gonzalez killed by lightning strike

Updated: May 26, 2008, 7:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Former major league pitcher Geremi Gonzalez, who won 11 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1997, was killed by a lightning strike in his native Venezuela on Sunday. He was 33.

Emergency management official Herman Bracho said Monday that Gonzalez was struck by lightning at a beach.

On Monday, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry spoke fondly of Gonzalez.

"The Chicago Cubs are very saddened today to learn of Geremi Gonzalez's sudden passing. Geremi began his ...

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