Baseball legend Hank Aaron passes at 86

Video shows Hank Aaron breaking the home run record in 1974.

Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron has passed away at the age of 86. He famously broke Baby Ruth’s record of 714 home runs.

Aaron was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

His assistant released a statement saying, “Mr. Aaron passed away peacefully in his sleep. The family asks for privacy at this time.”

Shortly following his assistant’s statement, Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk spoke out about Aaron’s passing.

“We are absolutely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank. He was a beacon for our organization first as a player, then with player development, and always with our community efforts. His incredible talent and resolve helped him achieve the highest accomplishments, yet he never lost his humble nature.

“Henry Louis Aaron wasn’t just our icon, but one across Major League Baseball and around the world. His success on the diamond was matched only by his business accomplishments off the field and capped by his extraordinary philanthropic efforts.

“We are heartbroken and thinking of his wife Billye and their children Gaile, Hank, Jr., Lary, Dorinda and Ceci and his grandchildren.”

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