“We’ve talked to the chaplain over at the prison, we’ve talked to the warden over there, we’ve talked to (Greene County Coroner) Ladd Pulliam,” said Michele Nix Hollinghead, the wife of Willie’s brother Johnny. Please Note: The material on this website is provided for informational purposes only. A year after Willie Hollinghead died, his family received a death certificate in the mail. “There is almost never an explanation for them,” said Timothy R. Rebbeck, a cancer epidemiologist at Harvard and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who has studied the Phillies cases. This summer, several of Willie’s relatives gathered to comb through the box of Willie’s belongings Michele Nix Hollinghead had picked up from the prison agency. As corrections officers quit, those remaining must guard more and more inmates. Dr. Cory M. Franklin, a Chicago internist who has written about the cancer cases in baseball, said Major League Baseball and the players’ union should enlist epidemiologists and statisticians to examine whether the malignancies were workplace related. But no definitive link has been made between these things and brain cancer, scientists said. The experience inspired Gail to be the narrator of the alternative medicine film documentary Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime (1988). His second wife, Nan, and he have two children, Maxwell and Grace. On average, between 2013 and 2017, about 65 people died each year in MDOC custody. You can only publish select stories individually — not as a collection. McGraw died of brain cancer at age 59 in 2004. “Nicole’s death destroyed everybody,” Medders said. If foul play is determined, the cases are referred to the appropriate authorities. And unanswered questions have surfaced about the way he died. The players’ union also declined to comment. “But,” he added, “can I tell you definitively that there is a relationship, that there is something about baseball and the formation in their players of brain tumors? “I’m concerned about it,” said Larry Bowa, the Phillies’ bench coach, who joined the team as a player in 1970 and has spent much of his professional career here as a shortstop, manager and coach. Among the former Phillies who died, not all played together at Veterans Stadium or remained with the team for the same length of time. Possible cancer clusters are notoriously hard to prove. Or trying.”. “Procedurally, the MDOC refers homicide cases to the respective district attorney’s offices and leaves any discussions about defendants, charges or related matters to those prosecutors,” wrote Fisher, spokesperson for MDOC. Gail's first wife, Willie Bier, died of cancer in 1986 after three years of marriage. Professor Rebbeck, the Harvard epidemiologist, was then at the University of Pennsylvania, and he assisted in the study. Still, one fact eluded them. The Philadelphia Eagles played and often practiced in the stadium, on the same artificial surface, but the N.F.L. Death records in this time period include the individual's age, occupation, place of birth and cause of death. You can’t edit our stories, except to reflect relative changes in time, location and editorial style. Personal life. They already knew what was printed on the form: Name: Willie L Hollinghead Date of Death: 08/03/2018 Age at last birthday: 36 Facility name: South Mississippi Correctional Institution. After retrieving his body from a mortuary in Jackson, and before burying him, his brothers Otties Brewer and Johnny Hollinghead noticed blue marks under his neck and a bruise on his forehead, they said. But the study had limitations related to adjusting for age and yearly cancer rates. The ISBN number for the book is 0-309-056454-4; National Academy Press, 516 pages, 1999. “This administration is committed to ensuring that all individuals in the care of the Mississippi Department of Corrections receive appropriate medical care. In 2013, when Daulton learned he had glioblastoma, The Philadelphia Inquirer did an analysis of 533 players who wore a Phillies uniform during the 33 seasons the team played at Veterans Stadium. Here is a list of celebrities included in Part #1 below! “I’m a big boy, I can take it. He is not privy to any MDOC investigations into individual deaths, he added. One of Moore’s clients, Kent Rathmann, whose daughter Nicole died after she was taken from Central Mississippi Correctional Facility to a hospital Aug. 23, 2018, said he and the rest of Nicole’s family will pursue litigation “to expose what really happened so it doesn’t happen to somebody else again, so somebody else’s family doesn’t go through this.”. Tug McGraw after clinching the Phillies’ 1980 World Series championship by striking out Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Royals. That same type of cancer is reported to have claimed the lives of other notable major league players, as well as a manager, from the same era: the Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter at 57, outfielder Bobby Murcer at 62, reliever Dan Quisenberry at 45 and manager Dick Howser at 51. All deaths are investigated to determine whether foul play is involved. But, if the cancers ever proved to be anything more than coincidence, he said, “I don’t know if I’d rather know or not.”, The Brain Cancer That Keeps Killing Baseball Players. J. 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In particular, they wonder if there is any association with Veterans Stadium, which was built on marshland and was demolished in 2004. An emergency medical technician pronounced him dead less than an hour later, according to an incident report. One year ago, in the immediate aftermath in the spike of prison deaths, MDOT Commissioner Pelicia Hall released a statement that the state would call on the Federal Bureau of Investigations to assist the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in investigating the deaths “in the interest of transparency.”. They have a daughter, India. Otties Brewer, Willie’s oldest brother, thumbed through a pocket Bible. But he did not name the drugs. 10 jersey hung in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park. Daulton embracing John Vukovich after the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves to advance to the World Series in 1993. “The problem with these kinds of deaths and the attempt to learn what MDOC knows about them is that if MDOC just defers and delays, that inquiry becomes ancient history and goes away,” Johnson said. It would be nice if there were some answers, if nothing else for going forward. “Corrections takes a lot of criticism, and I get that,” Kinkade said. Major League Baseball declined to make Dr. Gary A. Here, Medders has decorated Nicole’s grave with brightly painted rocks and planted a rosebush opposite the tombstone. This video tells the cause of death of many celebrites from around the world! Vukovich died of brain cancer at age 59 in 2007. The death certificate issued to a deceased person’s family in Georgia is an official record of their death. Researchers also note that while the players’ cancers have been identified as glioblastomas in news media accounts, all may not, in fact, have been identical tumors. But John Kruk, a Phillies television commentator who was Daulton’s teammate from 1989 to ’94, said he tried not to let his mind wander in that direction. “I think Darren’s passing has created a conversation,” said Jennifer Brusstar, the president and chief executive of the Tug McGraw Foundation. Editorial cartoons and photo essays are not included under the Creative Commons license and therefore do not have the "Republish This Story" button option. Now, one year after that promise of federal involvement and transparency, there are no further explanations on the causes of the deaths, and families and advocates continue to demand answers. Of the remaining handful of deaths where cause is listed, the most prevalent are “run over by a wagon,” “stampeded,” “consumption,” “drowned,” “fever,” and “accidentally shot.” Beyond that, nobody really knows if there is a connection. He was previously married to Green, its medical director, available for an interview. Built with the Largo WordPress Theme from the Institute for Nonprofit News. “Let’s look into this and see if there is anything” connecting baseball and cancer, she said. Who even asks the questions?”. Her cause of death was an aneurysm caused by ingestion of methamphetamine, her father said. “These aren’t prominent, powerful families that can keep these issues in front of people and get answers out of a government agency.”. They spoke Thursday as the Phillies played their first home game since Daulton died. Still, several family members of those who died in Mississippi prisons in the summer of 2018, have talked to lawyers, including Grenada attorney Carlos Moore, who said he is representing five families. Nix Hollinghead picked up a bag of clothes — the prison whites her brother-in-law Willie was wearing when he died — still sealed into a tight ball in a clear plastic bag. His focus these days, Kinkade said, is on the 4,000 people who leave the prison system each year. Cause of death: Undetermined. You are currently not logged in as a member of MyHeritage. To get to the Bluff Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, where Nicole and the rest of her family lies, her grandmother, Edna Medders, winds through a dusty, unpaved road that passes by stretches of farmland, including the house in which Medders grew up. No one had opened the box since Willie died, Nix Hollinghead said, as she smoothed out folded sheets of paper, revealing graded worksheets from a correspondence course. Before a moment of silence, the public address announcer told the crowd that Daulton, a three-time All-Star catcher, had “battled valiantly against the illness that took him far too young” at age 55. The scrutinized baseball deaths have occurred within the highest-risk age range of 45 to 70, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.