Nick Cafardo, a veteran baseball columnist for the Boston Globe, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 22, the newspaper reported. Cafardo was just 62 years old.
Cafardo was at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, the spring training home of the Red Sox when he passed away.
“Nick was one of the best people to ever walk through our doors — generous with his time and insights, immensely knowledgeable, deeply devoted to the Globe,’’ Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory said in a statement announcing Cafardo’s passing. “He had a view of the Red Sox and the game on a national scale that is virtually unrivaled.
“For those reasons, he was one of our most read writers, constantly attracting followers near and far, his weekly baseball notes column being destination reading for tens of thousands of people.’’
Cafardo’s most notable feature was his Sunday baseball notes in the Globe. He also made regular appearances as a guest on the New England Sports Network’s Red Sox pregame shows.
All of the information we know about his passing can be seen below.
Nick Cafardo Cause Of Death: Embolism
Nick Cafardo, our widely respected baseball columnist, died Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 62.
— Boston Globe Sports (@BGlobeSports) February 21, 2019
While Cafardo was at JetBlue Park on his day off, he was reportedly stricken by an embolism. The Boston Globe reports that members of the Red Sox medical staff responded to Cafardo and attempted to revive him but they were unsuccessful.
“We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and readers of Nick Cafardo – a talented writer, a true professional and a friend to so many throughout our game,” Major League Baseball said in a statement.
We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and readers of Nick Cafardo – a talented writer, a true professional and a friend to so many throughout our game.
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) February 21, 2019
Cafardo is survived by his wife Leeanne, and two children, Ben and Emilee.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Cafardo family and everyone who is impacted by this devastating news. The baseball world will not be the same without Cafardo’s reporting.