DETROIT (AP) Former longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Paul Carey has died. He was 88.

Nancy Carey says her husband died Tuesday at their home in the Detroit suburb of Rochester and had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease. She says he was ''the love of my life and anybody that knew him was better off for knowing him.''

In a statement, the Tigers say Carey was ''a consummate professional who had one of the most distinctive and classic broadcast voices.'' He was Ernie Harwell's radio broadcast partner from 1973-91 and was behind the microphone during the Tigers 1984 World Series championship season.

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In addition to his nearly two decades broadcasting Tigers games, the native of Mount Pleasant worked for several radio stations.

Arrangements are being handled by Modetz Funeral Home.