Source: Lima autopsy complete

Updated: May 26, 2010, 12:12 PM ET
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

TAMPA -- The autopsy on former baseball player Jose Lima was completed Tuesday in Los Angeles, but official results will not be disclosed until early next week, a family source told ESPNdeportes.com.

The initial theory about a massive heart attack is still in place as the cause of death, said the source. A routine police investigation also dismissed any foul play and found no evidence of drugs in Lima's residence or vehicle.

Lima's body was delivered to the family and would be transported to New York on Tuesday night, said the source. Funeral services, open to the public, will be held at the Rivera Funeral Home in Flushing, N.Y., on Thursday, only a few blocks away from Citi Field. Doors will open at 10 a.m. ET.

It is expected that Lima's remains will arrive in the Dominican Republic on Friday, but no further details were available.

Lima is survived by his wife, Dorca Astacio, and five children.

Authorities say paramedics found Lima, 37, in full cardiac arrest at his home in Pasadena, Calif., early Sunday, and he was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police detectives also responded to the scene because of the undetermined cause of death.

Dorca Astacio told ESPNdeportes.com on Sunday that the cause of death was ruled a heart attack.

"Jose was complaining while sleeping and I just thought he was having a nightmare," Astacio told ESPNdeportes.com. "I called the paramedics, but they couldn't help him."

Lima, who often referred to his outings as "Lima Time," was 89-102 in 13 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.

He was selected to the All-Star Game with Houston in 1999, when he won a career-high 21 games.

Lima didn't return to the major leagues after being released by the Mets in 2006, when he went 0-4 in four games pitched.

Last winter, Lima played for the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Republic and announced plans to do the same in the upcoming season.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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

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