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Willie Mays and Mae Louise Allen Mays

*The wife of baseball legend and Hall of Famer Willie Mays has died.

Mays made the announcement on Friday via the San Francisco Giants. Mae Louise Allen Mays was 74.

The couple met during Mays’ playing days in New York and were married 41 years.

According to the team, Mae Louise Allen Mays, a native of Pittsburgh, died in her sleep Friday morning in the couple’s Bay Area home after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

“On behalf of the Giants partnership, front office, team, alumni and fans, we express our heartfelt condolences to Willie and his family with the passing of his beloved Mae,” said Giants president Larry Baer in a statement. “I was honored to know Mae and to witness how Willie loved and cared for her.”