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Former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton dies at 55

Hunter Martin/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia Phillies announced Sunday that former catcher Darren Daulton has died at age 55, after a 4 year cancer battle.

The team released their full statement on Twitter.

He was a key part of and leader on the 1993 Phillies team that surprised by winning the National League pennant and lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games in the World Series, according to ESPN.

"Darren was a true leader of men," Phillies chairman emeritus Bill Giles said in a statement. "The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership. In addition to being an outstanding clubhouse leader, he was also a fighter. He battled through five knee operations to become an All-Star. I really enjoyed watching him for 14 years in uniform. Darren was a super human being. His teammates loved him. I loved him like he was one of my own. In fact, he called me 'Uncle Bill.'"

Daulton was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, in 2013 and went into remission in 2015, according to ESPN.

Glioblastoma has also claimed the lives of other notable baseball players like Gary Carter, Tug McGraw and Johnny Oates, ESPN reports.

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