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Monday, December 17, 2012

Radio host, former Major League Baseball pitcher Frank Pastore dead

Christian radio show host and former Major League pitcher Frank Pastore died Monday, nearly a month after suffering injuries in a motorcycle crash in Duarte while on his way home after broadcasting his daily radio show.

The 55-year-old Upland resident who played baseball at Damien High School in La Verne died early Monday afternoon, according to a statement on the website of Glendale-based KKLA 99.5 FM, from where Pastore broadcast the “Frank Pastore Show.”

Pastore was transferred to an Upland hospital last week, according to Rosa Saca, spokeswoman for Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was previously being treated following the Nov. 19 crash on the 210 Freeway near Buena Vista Street in Duarte.

He was riding in the carpool lane when he was struck by a 2004 Hyundai Sonata being driven by a 56-year-old Glendora woman, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.

The investigation concluded that the crash was an accident, and nothing criminal such as impaired driving was suspected, CHP Officer William Bury said. The driver was not arrested or cited.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. GregD Posted: December 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM (#4327393)
RIP to one of my favorite pitchers when I was 8. As a little boy, I thought his 1980 season was the start of a Seaver like career. Showing my predictive abilities at an early age.
   2. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: December 18, 2012 at 01:45 AM (#4327444)
I remember seeing Pastore, in full uniform, taking photos with fans in the concourse at Riverfront Stadium in the early 80s. Didn't meet him, but at the time it was the closest I'd ever been to a real-life big leaguer. RIP.
   3. Benji Posted: December 18, 2012 at 05:59 AM (#4327486)
I never knew he had become so successful in radio. I would have never listened but I have to give him credit for the success. Rest in peace.
   4. Tim D Posted: December 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM (#4327647)
I saw Frank Pastore speak about 5 years ago. I was invited to a men's group breakfast and it turned out to be breakfast for about 500 or so guys. Pastore was the guest speaker. He showed some video, gave a pitching demonstration, and gave his testimony. His career was derailed by injuries, causing many emotional problems. He was re-born during this time and devoted his life to spreading the gospel. He was a very genuine person, not sanctimonious, and told a moving story. He lived what he preached and this is a sad way for him to go at a very young age. He would no doubt say that his work had been finished. RIP.

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