Former pitcher Lima dies at 37

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Jose Lima died on Sunday from a heart attack at the age of 37, reported.

Lima, a native of the Dominican Republic, pitched for 13 seasons, from 1994-2006 and played for the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and New York Mets.

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said in a statement: "We are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Jose Lima. Though he was taken from us way too soon, he truly lived his life to the fullest and his personality was simply unforgettable.

"He had the ability to light up a room and that's exactly what he did every time I saw him. His memorable contributions to the Dodgers in 2004 and throughout baseball will always be remembered. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family during this extremely difficult time."

Lima help the Dodgers to win their first National League West Division Championship since 1995.

(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Clare Fallon)