Former Red Sox pitcher Frank Castillo drowned Sunday at a lake near his Arizona home, his family confirmed on Monday. He was 44 years old.
Castillo was on a pontoon boat with a friend when he decided to go swimming Sunday afternoon. He never came back up.
The right-hander was drafted by the Cubs and made his major league debut in 1991. He went on to pitch for six major league teams, including three seasons with the Red Sox, who he won a World Series with in 2004.
Castillo’s family released the following statement to KVIA on Monday:
“Frank Castillo died on Sunday in a drowning accident while with his family at a lake near his home. Frank was a wonderful son, terrific brother, and an extraordinary father to his two beautiful girls.
“Everyone who knew Frank loved Frank . We are devastated by this loss.
“It is impossible to express in words the level of sadness we feel due to this tragedy.
All of those who counted Frank as a personal friend, and to all those wonderful fans
who cheered for him during his major league career, we genuinely appreciate your prayers and kind words during this extremely difficult time.
“While we may not be able to thank each of you in person, it is very comforting to know that you are with us in spirit.
“We will provide information about the funeral once we are ab le to make all of the arrangements
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