All-Star major league pitcher Jose Lima died of a heart attack early Sunday at his home on Los Angeles. He was 37.
Newspaper accounts said that Lima went into cardiac arrest while in bed. His wife called 911, but paramedics who arrived were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Lima, a native of the Dominican Republic, was remembered by teammates for his infectious good nature, on the field and off. ESPN Los Angeles reported that he was planning to run a summer baseball academy in Los Angeles this summer.
Lima pitched 13 years in the majors and had an 89-102 record over 13 seasons of play. He played for the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets, and for the Edmonton Capitals in Canada during the 2009 season. Lima was named to the All-Star roster in 1999 while on the Houston Astros team.