Former St. Louis Cardinals OF Chris Duncan dies of cancer

Duncan played parts of five years in the majors, then was a St. Louis radio host with 101 ESPN.

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and local sports radio host Chris Duncan, 38, has died after a long battle with cancer. News about the 2006 World Series champion's death was announced by Rick Horton and John Rooney on KMOX, during the broadcast of Friday's Cardinals game in Pittsburgh.

Duncan played parts of five years in the majors, all with St. Louis. He was a radio host on 101 ESPN's show "The Turn" after his playing career ended. 

In 2011, after helping his mother fight brain cancer, he later found out he also had a similar diagnosis. 

Duncan left radio to fight brain cancer in early 2018, but later returned for a short time. It was announced he would be permanently leaving the station to face his fight with cancer in January of this year.

The Cardinals released a statement on Ducnan's death:

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Duncan after his courageous battle against brain cancer," they said. "We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his wife, Amy, the entire Duncan family, and his many friends."

There's been a strong outpouring for Duncan as the news has spread throughout social media from fans, former teammates and colleagues:

During the 2006 season that saw the Cardinals win the World Series, Duncan batted .293 with 26 home runs and 43 RBIs.

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