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POLAND, Ohio - Friends and colleagues are extending prayers and support for the family of Major League Baseball umpire John Hirschbeck after the loss of their son on Tuesday.

Michael Hirschbeck was just 27-years-old, and had battled an inherited condition that effects the nervous system known as adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) since he was a child.

Hirschbeck's oldest son John was only eight years old when he passed away in 1993. He also suffered from ALD.

Michael had the  support of his loving mother Denise, who refused to give up on a possible cure. 

Both she and her husband worked tirelessly raising money to  find a cure for ALD. 

"Anytime you lose a child it's devastating , but now John and Denise have lost two children.  I think there's no question there will be a lot of people that will be there for the family and help them get through this.", said family friend and United Way President, Bob Hannon. 

Those who knew Michael say he was a bright, courageous, young man who had a passion for baseball, and was loved by everyone who knew him.

Hirschbeck and his family are receiving support from his umpire family and others. 

"Definitely it's something John can fall back on. Of course he will be supporting his wife, but its just a tragedy to happen to such a great family." said long time valley radio sportscaster John Caparanis.

John Hirschbeck has been called one of the best men in blue. But people like Hubbard school teacher Bob Camarado says Hirschbeck is considered one the best people off the field as well.

"He's a great umpire, but he's a better person. It's a shame he's had to go through that. If people are so inclined, say a prayer for the family." said Camarado.

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