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Hall of Famer Killebrew enters hospice care

Sad news coming this morning out of Minnesota: Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew says he has exhausted all of his treatment options for esophageal cancer and will be entering hospice care to spend the final days with his wife, Nita, by his side.

In a statement Killebrew issued today through the team, Killebrew said, "I have spent the past decade of my life promoting hospice care and educating people on its benefits. I am very comfortable taking this next step and experiencing the compassionate care that hospice provides."

Killebrew, who was diagnosed in December, had a statue of his famous swing unveiled outside Target Field last year. He's 11th on the all-time home run list with 573.

---Mike Harrington



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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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