Arizona Diamondbacks’ outfielder Starling Marte announced that his wife, Noelia, died in a tweet Monday.
“Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack,” he captioned a photo of the two of them on Instagram. “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.”
Marte has two sons and a daughter.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Noelia Marte,” the Diamondbacks tweeted. “Starling and his family are part of the D-backs’ family and we will do all we can to support him and their children during this incredibly difficult time.”
Marte spent his first eight seasons in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Diamondbacks in January.
The Pirates also expressed their condolensces:
“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,” the organization tweeted.