COPY-Ex-Yankees star Bobby Murcer dies at 62

Associated Press - July 12, 2008 6:55 PM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - Bobby Murcer, the 5-time All-Star outfielder who spent nearly four decades with the New York Yankees as a player, executive and announcer, has died.

Yankees officials say the Oklahoma native was surrounded by his family at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City when he died earlier today due to complications from brain cancer. Murcer was 62.

Murcer played 17 seasons in the majors with the Yankees, the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, becoming a fan favorite along the way. He batted .277 with 252 home runs and worked as a Yankees broadcaster for 23 seasons.

It was on Christmas Eve 2006 when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor after seeking treatment for persistent headaches.

He returned to the broadcast booth last season and briefly this year.

A biopsy in March showed he no longer had cancer, but his family said last month that he was responding to treatment for shingles, a painful, viral condition.

A family service will be held within the next several days in Oklahoma City.

He is survived by his wife, his children, Tori and Todd, and his grandchildren.

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