UPLAND, Calif. (AP) – Frank Pastore, the former major league baseball pitcher who became a popular Christian radio show host, has died. He was 55.
Southern California radio station KKLA, which aired Pastore’s show, said on its website that he died Monday, nearly a month after he was critically injured in a motorcycle accident.
“I just lost my beautiful husband,” his wife Gina Pastore told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. “But it’s comforting to know he’s home with the Lord now.”
Pastore had been in a coma since a car collided with his motorcycle Nov. 19 on Interstate 210 in Duarte. The accident came hours after he pondered the risk of motorcycle riding on his daily radio show, in which he discussed the possibility of life after death.
“You guys know I ride a motorcycle, right?” Pastore said. “So, at any moment … at any minute I could be spread all over the 210. But that’s not me — that’s my body parts.” Listen to the clip here.
Pastore was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 until 1985 and for the Minnesota Twins in 1986. After playing professional baseball, he obtained a master’s degree in philosophy at Biola University and became a radio host.
Pastore is also survived by his son and daughter.