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Former Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren loses battle with cancer

Pete Van Wieren (Courtesy: Atlanta Braves) Pete Van Wieren (Courtesy: Atlanta Braves)
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Long-time Atlanta Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren died after a long fight with cancer Saturday morning. He was 69.

The Braves announced Van Wieren's passing in a release.

Van Wieren, affectionately known as "The Professor," broadcast the Braves' games for 33 years. In 2004, he and his longtime broadcasting partner Skip Caray were inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame together.

A native of Rochester, NY, Van Wieren joined Turner Sports in December 1975. He also broadcast games for the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Flames and college football games. Van Wieren also called NBA games on TBS and TNT.

The Atlanta Braves issued the following statement:

"The Atlanta Braves are deeply saddened by the passing of Pete Van Wieren. He was such a large and important part of our organization. We, and all of our fans across Braves Country, fondly remember his soothing voice calling our games for 33 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Elaine, his children and his grandchildren."

Van Wieren is survived by his wife of 50 years Elaine. Together they had two sons and three grandchildren.

Private funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.

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