Sports fans across the globe mourned the passing of Hank Aaron last week. The baseball legend died on Jan. 22 at the age of 86.
Furthermore, Aaron’s cause of death has now been released. According to an article on People.com, Fulton County is reporting that Hank Aaron died of natural causes.
The Atlanta Braves organization, which Aaron played for during his career, previously said that the Hall of Famer “passed away peacefully in his sleep.”
“We are absolutely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank. He was a beacon for our organization first as a player, then with player development, and always with our community efforts,” Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk wrote in the statement, according to the article.
“His incredible talent and resolve helped him achieve the highest accomplishments, yet he never lost his nimble nature. Henry Louis Aaron wasn’t just our icon, but one across Major League Baseball and around the world,” McGuirk continued. “His success on the diamond was matched only by his business accomplishments of the field and capped by his extraordinary philanthropic efforts.”
Aaron Did More than Just Hit Home Runs
Hank Aaron is most famous for breaking Babe Ruth’s Major League Baseball home run record in 1974 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. That year, he hit his 715th career dinger, surpassing the Babe’s record of 714. Aaron went on to hit 755 career home runs. That record stood until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007.
Additionally, Aaron was a complete baseball player. He was certainly known for other skills in addition to his power at the plate. He still holds the MLB records for most RBIs (2,297), total bases (6,856), and extra-base hits (1,477). Hank Aaron is third on the all-time hit list with 3,771 hits. He had a career batting average of .305.
“When I was a young kid growing up in Mobile, Alabama, I chased a dream and found it and played baseball for 23 years,” Aaron said in an interview in 2017. “I see these young kids coming along now and they are chasing their dreams. It just so happens that their dream costs a little bit more than mine did. I’m hoping they catch it and that they’re able to do the things they want to do in life.”
Celebrities Pay Tribute to Hank Aaron
Countless individuals were saddened by the loss of Hank Aaron last week. Counted among that list were political figures, actors, musicians, and athletes. Many of the individuals in those ranks shared their feelings about Aaron, what he meant to sports, and to American society.
Included on that list of mourners is former President Barack Obama.
“Hank Aaron was one of the best baseball players we’ve ever seen and one of the strongest people I’ve ever met,” President Obama posted on Twitter. “Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Aaron family and everyone who was inspired by this unassuming man and his towering example.”
In addition to President Obama, country star Tim McGraw shared his thoughts about Hank Aaron. According to an Instagram post by McGraw his father Tug, who was a professional baseball player, gave up four home runs to Aaron.
“We lost a great American Hero. Hank Aaron broke records and he broke barriers,” McGraw posted. “He played the game with such a wonderful style and grace. And what a hitter, still holding records to this day! …”