Frank Pastore, former starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins, passed away Monday night from complications following a November 19 motorcycle accident. Brian Day of the Silicon Valley Mercury News reports that Pastore had been in a coma
since the accident and had been recently transferred to a hospital in
Upland, California from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center's intensive care unit.
Pastore had hosted a popular religious radio show on KKLA 99.5. In his final broadcast, he had made a statement that some read as prophetic when he said that his religious faith left him with no doubts his soul would live on after physical death. He was struck on his motorcycle while riding on Interstate 210 after the show. CHP investigation led to the conclusion that it was purely an accident, and that nothing criminal such as impaired driving was suspected. The driver who hit Pastore was neither arrested nor cited.
Pastore , whose major league career lasted from 1979 through 1986, enjoyed his best season in 1980 with Cincinnati, when he won 13 and lost 7. As a 21-year-old rookie, he started for the Reds in the 1979 NCLS, taking a no-decision in a game won by the eventual World Champion Pittsburgh ( We Are Family) Pirates.
KKLA was inundated with calls of prayer and support for Pastore's family. His wife Gina was quoted as saying "People are calling in and
crying and mourning with us. I want to thank so many people
for their outpouring of love and support. That's really helped to
sustain our family during this difficult time.”
The Alhambra, Ca. native is also survived by son Frank Jr. and daughter Christina.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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