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Forde's loss felt around baseball

Mets' longtime PR director dies after lengthy battle with breast cancer
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The baseball community was saddened by news that longtime Mets staffer Shannon Forde passed away Friday at the age of 44, following a long battle with breast cancer.

Many around the industry were quick to share their lasting thoughts and memories of Forde via social media.

The baseball community was saddened by news that longtime Mets staffer Shannon Forde passed away Friday at the age of 44, following a long battle with breast cancer.

Many around the industry were quick to share their lasting thoughts and memories of Forde via social media.

Hall of Famer Mike Piazza called Forde "a wonderful, dedicated member of the Mets family" in a Twitter post.

Tweet from @mikepiazza31: Very Sad to hear of the passing of @Mets Shannon Forde. A wonderful, dedicated member of the Mets family. Our deepest prayers are with you.

Former Mets pitcher Dillon Gee remembered Forde as "a warm, friendly, loving, selfless person."

Tweet from @DillonGee35: RIP Shannon Forde pic.twitter.com/Vo1kZoW7Ln

Dodgers infielder Justin Turner, who played for the Mets from 2010-13, wrote of Forde: "Her smile and sense of humor were refreshing and she had warmth and kindness about her that was comforting. Even through tough times she always put everyone else first."

Video: Beloved Mets PR director Shannon Forde passes away

Royals vice president of communications Mike Swanson said Forde "was the rock behind" Mets vice president of media relations Jay Horwitz.

"When Jay had his hands full with the media, she was always there to help with everything," Swanson said. "More than anything, she was a dear, dear friend. This is one of the saddest days in my life in baseball. This is heartbreaking."

The Orioles, Pirates, Mariners and Royals were among the big league clubs to offer condolences via their official Twitter pages.

Jack Curry of the YES Network remembered Forde as "one of the sweetest people I've ever met in baseball."

Tweet from @JackCurryYES: Shannon Forde was one of the sweetest people I've ever met in baseball. So sad to hear about her passing. Such a loss. Prayers to her family

Newsday's David Lennon doubted anyone would ever care more about the Mets than Forde.

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch recalled Forde as "the warmest [and] kindest person you would ever want to meet." 

Tweet from @BryanHoch: RIP Shannon Forde... from my 1st day at Shea, the warmest & kindest person you would ever want to meet. 140 characters is just not enough.

Anthony DiComo, MLB.com's Mets beat writer, described Forde as "one of the true good ones."

Tweet from @AnthonyDiComo: One of the strongest, friendliest, greatest people I've met in baseball passed away today. RIP Shannon Forde, one of the true good ones.

New York Daily News baseball columnist John Harper wrote Forde "touched all who knew her with her strength and smile."

Forde, a trailblazer for women in baseball, joined the Mets as an intern in 1994 after graduating from St. John's and rose through the organizational ranks to become the club's senior director of media relations. She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in August 2012. Forde leaves behind a husband, John, and two children, Nicholas and Kendall.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com.

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