MINNEAPOLIS -- Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who revealed late last year that he was battling esophageal cancer, has decided to end his fight with the disease and enter hospice care.
The Minnesota Twins released a statement Friday from Killebrew, who said he has "exhausted all options" for treatment and that "my illness has progressed beyond my doctors' expectation of cure."
"I am comforted by the fact that I am surrounded by my family and friends," the 74-year-old Killebrew added. "I thank you for the outpouring of concern, prayers and encouragement that you have shown me. I look forward to spending my final days in comfort and peace with (my wife) Nita, by my side."
The 1969 American League MVP, Killebrew finished his 22-year career with 573 home runs and 1,584 RBI in 2,435 games with the Washington/Minnesota franchise and Kansas City from 1954-75. He broke in with the Senators in 1954 and played in Washington until the club moved to Minnesota for the 1961 season, then remained with the Twins until 1974 before spending his final season with the Royals.
Killebrew was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.