Former Major League pitcher Pascual Perez was killed during a robbery at his home in the Dominican Republic, multiple news outlets reported Thursday. He was 55.
A statement from police in the Dominican said Perez was attacked by several people inside his home west of the country's capital, Santo Domingo, according to The Associated Press. Perez was struck in the head but a cause of death has not been announced and no suspects are in custody. Dominican Today and several Dominican newspapers reported that Perez suffered a fatal stab wound to the neck.
Perez played in the Majors for parts of 11 seasons, from 1980-85 and 1987-91, with four teams. He debuted with the Pirates, then went on to the Braves and Expos before finishing his career with the Yankees. He went 15-8 in 1983 and 14-8 in '84 while with Atlanta, and was a National League All-Star in '83.
A right-hander, he was 67-68 with a 3.44 ERA in 207 career games. He threw a five-inning, rain-shortened no-hitter against the Phillies on Sept. 24, 1988. Though it was later declassified as an official no-hitter because the game didn't go nine innings, it was the first no-hitter in Veterans Stadium history.
"We were shocked to hear the news of Pascual Perez's death earlier today," Braves president John Schuerholz said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during the aftermath of this tragic event. Pascual left his mark with the Braves organization and will always be remembered fondly by Braves fans."
Perez was suspended in 1992 because of two positive tests for cocaine. He reportedly had kidney problems in recent years.
He was a brother of Melido Perez, who pitched for the Royals, White Sox and Yankees from 1987-95, and Carlos Perez, who pitched for the Expos and Dodgers from 1995-2000.