Baseball icon Hank Aaron dies at 86


MLB legend Hank Aaron has reportedly died at age 86.

The Hall of Famer was the league's all-time home run leader for over 30 years, after famously surpassing Babe Ruth in April 1974.

A cause of death was not reported. Aaron's passing was first reported by CBS 46 in Atlanta. It was later confirmed by his daughter.

Aaron, voted to an astounding 25 All-Star teams, was not only a symbol of excellence on the field, but also class and grace in the face of bigotry and threats as he closed in on Ruth's record.

The native of Mobile, Alabama, retired with a then-record 755 homers.

The New York Post reported Aaron was renowned as a gentleman, on and off the field.

He described himself differently.

“I don’t think too many people got a chance to know me through the years, and that was something that was my own doing, because I’m actually kind of a loner, a guy that has stayed to himself,” Aaron told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2006. “A lot of people thought they knew me, but they really didn’t.