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Duluth-Superior Dukes Pitcher Dies

March 25, 1998

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) _ Allen Halley, 26, a pitcher for the Duluth-Superior Dukes, died in Miami from an apparent seizure.

Halley’s roommates mistook the seizure for a nightmare early Monday morning. His roommates woke him up, and Halley laid his head down to go back to sleep, according to a friend, Ninoshka Williams.

She said everything seemed fine, but reports from the Miami police department said Halley died about that time.

Halley’s body was discovered when Williams phoned Halley repeatedly that afternoon and received no answer. A friend went to check on him and found him dead.

Halley had no known history of epilepsy or other diseases that cause seizures, the team said Tuesday. Results of an autopsy could be announced today.

Acquired by the independent Northern League team last June, Halley was the MVP of the 1997 championship series and the winning pitcher of the deciding game last September.

Dukes manager George Mitterwald said Halley’s death ``is a tremendous shock to all of us; it’s something you don’t know how to deal with.″

Said team owner Jim Wadley: ``The Dukes are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Allen’s family and loved ones.″

Halley will be buried in his Dukes uniform, his family said, in his hometown of St. Maarten of the Netherlands Antilles.

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