Former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman DÃ¡maso GarcÃa, a two-time All-Star in the mid-1980s, died Wednesday in his native Dominican Republic. He was 63.
His son DÃ¡maso Jr. confirmed GarcÃa’s death to The Associated Press. The son said he passed away at 7.15 a.m. in Santo Domingo. He was at home with his wife HaydÃ©e Benoit.
Two years after retiring with the Montreal Expos, GarcÃa was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery in 1991. He was told he possibly only had six to eight months live. He recovered, but had to deal with speech and mobility issues afterward.
Garcia had several health problems in recent years, including a stroke, according to his son. He was also dealing with respiratory issues, but the death is not related to COVID-19, DÃ¡maso Jr. said.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter and son, and three grandsons.
They will have a service in Santo Domingo on Thursday morning.