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Former Mets star Rusty Staub recovering after heart attack on flight

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Former New York Mets player Rusty Staub throws out the first pitch to Catcher Anthony Recker #20 of the New York Mets before the game against the San Diego Padres on Opening Day at Citi Field on April 1, 2013 in New York City. Mets beat the Padres, 11-2. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Former New York Mets player Rusty Staub throws out the first pitch to Catcher Anthony Recker #20 of the New York Mets before the game against the San Diego Padres on Opening Day at Citi Field on April 1, 2013 in New York City. Mets beat the Padres, 11-2. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

The New York Mets say former star Rusty Staub is recovering in a hospital in Ireland after a heart attack on an overseas flight.

The Mets said Saturday the 71-year-old Staub is ''resting comfortably.''

The team said Staub was on a flight from Ireland to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York this week when he had a medical emergency. The team said the plane was diverted back to Ireland, where Staub was treated.

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Staub played nine seasons for the Mets over two stints in the 1970s and 1980s. An outfielder, first baseman and pinch hitter, he is a member of the Mets Hall of Fame and was a six-time All-Star in a 23-year career.

Staub was recently at Citi Field and has remained popular with Mets fans. His foundation raises money for the families of New York police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.