Starling Marte is coping with the loss of his wife, Noelia, as she died suddenly due to a heart attack. Noelia was in the hospital and awaiting surgery on a broken ankle when the heart attack took place. Marte, an outfielder of the Arizona Diamondbacks, announced the news on Monday night on Twitter and Instagram, and a number of fellow baseball players shared their condolences. The announcement of Noelia's death comes two days after Marte shared a photo with their daughter Tiana on her fourth birthday.
Marte was traded the Diamondbacks earlier this year after spending eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His best season was in 2016 as he was named to the All-Star team. He finished the 2016 season with .311 batting average with five triples and 47 stolen bases. Marte is also a strong defender, winning two Gold Gloves Awards in 2015 and 2016. A number of baseball fans showed their support for Marte when they heard the news.
Starling Marte’s wife died unexpectedly today. She broke her ankle and was in the hospital and said to be awaiting surgery when she passed. Best wishes to Starling, who just announced the death.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 19, 2020
Starling Marte’s wife passed away unexpectedly today. She had a heart attack while she was waiting for ankle surgery. Praying for the Marte family. RIP Noelia 🙏💔 pic.twitter.com/W2iwc7ro8Y— Ballplayer City (@BallplayerCity) May 19, 2020
The entire Pirates family extend our deepest condolences to Starling Marte and family during this terrible time.
Our hearts are truly saddened by this news. https://t.co/0JJd8kBEoe— Pirates (@Pirates) May 19, 2020
Nothing but thoughts and prayers for Starling Marte and his family. 🙏🏼
After breaking her ankle, Starling’s wife, Noelia, died unexpectedly today in the hospital while awaiting surgery. pic.twitter.com/p61xsyGC4W— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) May 19, 2020
Prayers and condolences to Starling Marte and his family 💔 https://t.co/iZzzn1cqCe— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 19, 2020
Deepest condolences to Starling Marte and his family in regards to his wife Noelia’s passing today. Noelia was supposedly at the hospital awaiting surgery on her broken ankle when she unexpectedly had a heart attack.May 19, 2020
Starling Marte announces on Instagram the passing of his wife. Heartbreaking.— Amanda Godsey (@AmandaFGodsey) May 19, 2020
Starling Marte was 10 when his mother passed away and now his kids will grow up without theirs. Absolutely Heartbreaking.
RIP Noelia Marte— Mac (@azsportsfien) May 19, 2020
The news about Starling Marte's wife Noelia is just devastating. If you haven't seen, she broke her ankle and died in the hospital while waiting for surgery on the ankle and had a sudden heart attack. Just awful news.— DSzymborski (@DSzymborski) May 19, 2020
This is horrific. How does that happen? What an inexplicable tragedy. Thoughts and prayers to Starling Marte and his family. Good heavens... https://t.co/qvTGVUc20G— Bobby Blanco (@Bobby_Blanco) May 19, 2020
Just awful. Send a prayer to Starling Marte and his family 🙏 https://t.co/09hxCY1HQz— The Cardinal Way (@STL_Cards_nut) May 19, 2020
Just absolutely horrible, horrible news. Best wishes to Starling Marte and his family. https://t.co/9H5Z3q2fwp— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) May 19, 2020
This is unreal.. can’t imagine the pain Starling Marte is in right now https://t.co/coJpmqHRhO— Tyler Gibson (@TCGibson13) May 19, 2020
So sorry to hear about Starling Marte’s wife. 🙏— Aliah (@AliahXtine) May 19, 2020
Praying for you and your family, Starling.— Jared Hughes (@locatejared) May 19, 2020
Such heartbreaking news. Deepest condolences to Starling.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) May 19, 2020
Thinking about you brotha— Walker Buehler (@buehlersdayoff) May 19, 2020