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Former MLB pitcher dies of pneumonia


Former Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins pitcher Marcos Carvajal, 34, has passed away in his home country of Venezuela from pneumonia.

Carvajal pitched with the Rockies in 2005 and the Marlins two seasons later. He returned to Venezuela to pitch for his hometown of Ciudad Bolivar, but before he passed away, he was a youth coach in the Venezuelan state of Bolivar.

President of the State’s baseball association, Alejandro Castillejo, told the press on Jan. 27, 2018, that Carvajal checked into a hospital in December due to a respiratory illness. Castillejo also said the former pitcher's family struggled to find the medicine that he needed because the medicine is no longer on the shelves in Venezuela. The medicine Carvajal needed had to be brought from another country.

His boss grew worried about Carvajal when he didn’t show up for work: "We were calling him but he wouldn't tell us what was happening. We assume he was depressed by the situation, his illness and especially the high cost of the medicine," Castillejo told USA Today.

On Jan. 29, 2018, Carvajal was rushed to the hospital after a relapse of pneumonia; he passed away the next day.