Ernie Banks’ death caused by heart attack; statue to be placed in Daley Plaza

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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs announced Sunday the team’s Ernie Banks statue will be placed in Daley Plaza Wednesday through Saturday so that fans may honor “Mr. Cub.”

The statue was unveiled by the team back in 2008.

The widow of Ernie Banks, along with the family attorney, briefly addressed the media Sunday following the passing of the legendary “Mr. Cub.”

It was also announced that a heart attack was the official cause of Banks’ death.

Liz Banks made a quick statement, thanking those in attendance, before the family attorney made a brief statement on the life and legacy of Ernie Banks.

“It is certainly a sad day for us,” the widow said. The attorney followed, remarking on the impact Banks had both in baseball and culture.

Meanwhile, Cubs fans are trying to cope with the loss of a legend.

Many of them stopped by Wrigley Field Saturday to pay tribute to  “Mr. Cub.”

They left flowers, a jersey and other mementos at a growing memorial outside of baseball stadium where Banks made history more than five decades ago.

Many of the fans had their own stories of meeting the Hall of Famer.   Robert Qualls said Banks has a special place in his heart.

Paul Dzien recalled meeting Banks many years ago.  He said Banks asked him about his life and his job and spent no time talking about himself.   “He was such an ambassador to the team, such an ambassador to baseball.  I came to say goodbye one more time.”

Banks passed away Friday night at the age of 83.

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