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Reports: Former MLB players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo killed in car ...


Luis Valbuena, left, and Jose Castillo have reportedly died in a car accident in Venezuela.


The Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome , who covers Valbuena’s former team the Astros , confirmed the reports in the U.S.


Valbuena, 33, and Castillo, 37, were playing winter ball in Venezuela and were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara, according to The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya .


Jeff Fletcher from the Orange County Register also verified the report and said their car hit a rock and went off the road.


Carlos Rivero, who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks briefly in 2014, was driving the car, according to The Register, but survived the accident.


He played four years with the Pirates and split his final season between the San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros.






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