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CLEVELAND -- Longtime Cleveland Indians announcer, Mike Hegan has died at the age of 71.

Wednesday night via Twitter, the Cleveland Indians organization confirmed Hegan's passing early Christmas morning at his home in Hilton Head, SC. His family was by his side.

Hegan, a graduate of St. Ignatius High School, was the son of Indians catcher, Jim Hegan. The younger Hegan began his own Major League career with the New York Yankees, playing outfielder and first baseman. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics.

After his retirement from baseball, he became the television color commentator for the Brewers. He joined the Cleveland Indians' radio and TV broadcast team in 1989, later pairing with Tom Hamilton in the radio broadcast booth in 2007.

He retired from broadcasting in 2012.

Sources say Hegan had battled health problems for the past several months, and took a turn for the worse in the last couple of weeks.

Hegan is survived by his wife, Nancy, their 2 sons, and 4 grandchildren.