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Former Tigers skipper Anderson's wife dies at 79

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WASHINGTON -- Carol Anderson, widow of former Tigers manager and Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson, passed away Tuesday evening from natural causes. She was 79.

Carol and Sparky Anderson were married for 57 years, according to the Detroit News, and lived together in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for more than 40 years during his managerial career in Cincinnati and Detroit.

Carol Anderson remained at their home after Sparky passed away in 2010.

The couple is survived by their sons, Lee and Albert, along with a daughter, Shirlee Englebrecht, and numerous grandchildren.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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