LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Just days after being released from an Orange County hospital, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda died Jan. 7 at age 93, the team announced.
According to the team, Lasorda suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home just after 10 p.m. Jan. 7 and was taken to a hospital “with resuscitation in progress.” He was pronounced dead at 10:57 p.m.
Lasorda had just been released Jan.5 from an Orange County hospital, where he spent about six weeks. He was hospitalized last November, shortly after attending the Dodgers’ World Series-clinching victory in Arlington, Texas.
No official reason for the hospitalization was ever provided, although TMZ reported that he was suffering from heart issues and spent time on a ventilator in an intensive-care unit.
Lasorda was released from the ICU in early December, but remained hospitalized.
A Hall of Famer since 1997, Lasorda led the Dodgers to two World Series championships and two World Series losses during his 20-year managerial career.
The Fullerton resident was with the Dodgers organization for more than 70 years as a player, scout, manager and front office executive. He was originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945, before reaching the big leagues as a pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954.
He managed the Dodgers from 1976-96, and was serving as a special adviser to the chairman.