Vera Clemente, widow of Pirates great, dies at 81

Vera Clemente, widow of Pirates great, dies at 81

Vera Clemente, the widow of baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, died Saturday at age 81, the Pittsburgh Pirates confirmed.

Vera Clemente died in her native Puerto Rico. The cause of death was unknown, but she had been in “delicate health” since being hospitalized Nov. 1, according to the Pirates.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vera Clemente, the widow of the great Roberto Clemente and a cherished member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Major League Baseball family,” Pirates owner Bob Nutting said in a statement.

“Vera epitomized grace, dignity and strength in the wake of heartbreaking tragedy and loss. Following Roberto’s passing, Vera raised their three sons into outstanding men, while also working tirelessly to ensure her and her husband’s shared vision of compassion, service and love of others lived on forever.”

Vera Clemente is survived by three sons: Roberto Clemente Jr., Luis Roberto Clemente and Roberto Enrique Clemente.

Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash in 1972 at age 38. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.

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November 16, 2019 at 07:20PM

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