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Yankees baseball great Yogi Berra dead at 90

Baseball legend Yogi Berra, who is widely regarded as one of the best catchers in baseball history, has died of natural causes at the age of 90.

The Yogi Berra Museum said in a news release that Berra passed away on Tuesday night at his home in New Jersey.

"While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom. We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed," Berra's family said in a brief statement.

Berra spent most of his professional baseball career, which spanned from 1946 to 1965, playing for the New York Yankees. He was a 15-time All-Star, winner of 10 world championships, and a 3-time Most Valuable Player award winner. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 and in 1999 was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

"Yogi conducted his life with unwavering integrity, humility and a contagious good humor that elevated him from baseball legend to beloved national icon," the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center said in its statement. "For all his accolades and honors as a player, coach and mentor, he remained completely true to himself - a rare example of authentic character excellence and a lasting role model for his peers, his public, and the thousands of children who visit the YBMLC each year to take part in programs inspired by his values."

In addition to his baseball career, Berra's lovable persona led to him being the inspiration for the cartoon character Yogi Bear. And lines such as "It ain't over 'till it's over" and "If there's a fork in the road, take it," made him one of the most quoted Americans.

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