Veteran umpire and Valley native Wally Bell has died - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

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Veteran umpire and Valley native Wally Bell has died

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -  Veteran Major League umpire and Valley native Wally Bell died Monday afternoon of an apparent heart attack.

Bell was in town this weekend; he attended the Austintown Fitch Hall of Fame Dinner over the weekend and then suffered a massive heart attack at a Youngstown hospital.

Close friend and fellow umpire John Hirschbeck was in shock but did tell 21 Sports Director Dana Balash that Wally was, "One on my dearest friends. We worked together for 11 years. He was like to a son to me, my wife Denise, very dear friend. It's devastating. Wally was one of the first to call me and congratulate me on working the World Series."

Bell just completed working the Pirates - Cardinals series. He had 20 years of experience in and worked the 2006 World Series along with the 1997 and 2000 All Star Game.

Another friend, John Mang, said Wally would never say no to anyone, or any charity.

Bell leaves two young children, two brothers and a sister.

Arrangements are pending.  Bell was 48-years-old.

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