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Former Illinois State, MLB Star Dies

Former Detroit Tigers first baseman Dave Bergman has died at age 61.

The team extended condolences Monday to Bergman's family, calling him "as spirited a person as he was a player."

 width=No cause of death was available, but The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report that Bergman had bile-duct cancer.

Bergman spent 17 years in the major leagues, including nine in Detroit where he arrived via trade in 1984. He was a member of the Tigers' 1984 World Series winning team.

Bergman had a career .258 batting average, 54 home runs and 289 RBIs. He also played for the Yankees, Astros and Giants.

The Evanston, Illinois native and Illinois State standout was involved in Detroit-area youth baseball and founded the Grosse Pointe Redbirds.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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