This comes after a lifelong battle with a rare condition known as neurofibromatosis. The same disease claimed the life of their son Justin in 2019 as well.
This is tragic news for the Evans family. Dwight and his wife Susan have spent decades raising awareness for the rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow in the nervous system.
Evans rose to fame during his long career in Boston that began in 1972 and lasted until 1990. He went to three All-Star Games, won two Silver Slugger awards and took home eight Gold Gloves in the outfield.
His legacy has expanded to raising awareness and money to combat the illness that has taken two sons from him. This is a sad day for Evans and his entire family. Red Sox nation is understandably hurting right now as well.