The MLB world lost a legend on Friday morning with the passing of Atlanta Braves icon Henry “Hank” Aaron, who was 86 years old.
Following the news of Aaron’s passing, the Braves took to social media to share a statement honoring and paying tribute to the former home run king.
“We are absolutely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank,” the Atlanta Braves said in a statement. “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., Larry, Dorinda and Ceci and his grandchildren.”
It is with great sadness we share the passing of our home run king, Hank Aaron. pic.twitter.com/ZdRuhqIaet
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 22, 2021
Aaron was the longtime home run king and a legend for the Atlanta Braves.
While Aaron is no longer the home run king — a record that was broken by Barry Bonds in 2007 — he still ranks No. 1 for the most RBIs (2,297) total bases (6,856), and extra-base hits (1,477) in Major League Baseball history.
Our deepest condolences go out to Hank Aaron’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.