Family attorney: Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack

Jan 25, 2015 3:49 PM

CHICAGO (AP) - An attorney representing the family of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks says the Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack.

Mark Bogen spoke Sunday at a downtown hotel with Banks' widow, Liz. He said Banks suffered a heart attack on Friday, the same day he died.

Bogen declined to elaborate. Banks' widow also declined to comment about her husband's death.

Banks spent his entire 19-year career with the Cubs. He hit 512 home runs and was twice named the National League's Most Valuable Player.

His death has prompted tributes across the country.

In Chicago, the Cubs and the city announced Sunday that a statue of Banks will be temporarily moved from outside Wrigley Field to downtown. It will be on display in Daley Plaza from Wednesday through Saturday.

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