The family of former Cubs pitcher Frank Castillo confirmed his death Monday. The 44-year old spent seven seasons on the North Side, amassing 82 wins and a 4.56 ERA during his 13-year career.
Castillo's family released the following statement to KVIA Monday:
Frank Castillo died on Sunday in a drowning accident while with his family at a lake near his home. Frank was a wonderful son, terrific brother, and an extraordinary father to his two beautiful girls.
Everyone who knew Frank loved Frank. We are devastated by this loss.
It is impossible to express in words the level of sadness we feel due to this tragedy. All of those who counted Frank as a personal friend, and to all those wonderful fans who cheered for him during his major league career, we genuinely appreciate your prayers and kind words during this extremely difficult time.
While we may not be able to thank each of you in person, it is very comforting to know that you are with us in spirit.
We will provide information about the funeral once we are able to make all of the arrangements.
Castillo is the third member of the Cubs' 1997 starting rotation to die in the last five years. Kevin Foster died of cancer in 2008. Geremi Gonzalez was killed by lightning the same year.
Castillo was a member of the Cubs from 1991-97.