Carl Beane, the public address announcer at Fenway Park, died after suffering a heart attack while driving his car in Sturbridge this afternoon.
Beane, 59, was pronounced dead at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge a short time after his SUV crashed on Holland Road early this afternoon.
"We are filled with sadness at this tragic news,” Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said in a statement. "No one loved his role with the Red Sox more than Carl did his. He adored the opportunity to pay homage each game to Sherm Feller, and to contribute to the culture of Fenway Park, a place he loved passionately. His legion of friends with the Red Sox and the media will miss him enormously, and all of Red Sox Nation will remember his presence, his warmth, and his voice.
"On behalf of John Henry, Tom Werner, our partners, and our entire organization, we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Lorraine; his daughter, Nicole; and his granddaughters, Maddie and Gena.”
Golfers from nearby Hemlock Ridge Golf Course called police at 12:39 p.m.to alert them to the crash, according to the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Beane was driving a Suzuki SUV. He was a local radio announcer for many years, including at WBZ, before landing the Fenway job in 2003. The tire cover on the rear of the vehicle is emblazoned with Mr. Beane's name.
A preliminary investigation showed that Mr. Beane's vehicle was traveling north, crossed the double solid lines, left the road and hit a tree and a wall. There were no passengers in his vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation by the Worcester District Attorney's office, the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and Sturbridge Police.
The Red Sox will pay tribute to Beane in pregame ceremonies tomorrow before their 7:10 p.m. home game versus the Cleveland Indians.