Baseball icon Hank Aaron passes away at 86

Aaron held the MLB home run record for more than 30 years

Major League Baseball legend Hank Aaron has died at the age of 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 of 1974.

Aaron's passing was first reported by CBS 46 in Atlanta, though a cause of death was not reported.

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 from baseball in 1976 with a then-record 755 home runs, along with 3,771 hits, a career batting average of .305, and 2,174 runs. He still holds the all-time MLB record for both runs-batted-in (2,297) and total bases (6,856) to this day.

Aaron also finished his career as a three-time gold glove winner, a two-time batting champion, a NL Most Valuable Player in 1957, and a World Series champion the same year.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1982.