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Former Catcher Diaz Killed in Home Mishap

Former major league catcher Bo Diaz was killed when he was crushed by a satellite dish on the roof of his home in Caracas, Venezuela.

Diaz, 37, who played with the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies during a 13-year major league career, was attempting to adjust the dish, which apparently was knocked off line by high winds, according to a televised report in Caracas.

Diaz apparently died when the dish collapsed, crushing his neck and skull against the base of the dish.

Diaz lived in a two-story home in the Baruta section of the city, an upper middle-class neighborhood on the east side of the city.

Diaz, a Venezuelan, had been playing for the Caracas Lions of the Venezuelan winter league, hoping to get back into shape for a return to the majors. After Tuesday’s game against the Aragua Tigers at Maracay, however, he left the club because of a dispute with manager Phil Regan, team officials said.

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The Lions canceled Friday night’s game against the Zulia Aguilas.

Diaz is survived by his wife Maria and two sons, Bo Daniel, 9, and Joshua, 6.


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