DiMaggio Jr. Dies

updated 04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 01/22/1999 12:00AM

Joe DiMaggio Jr., 57, the troubled son of the baseball Hall of Famer and a pallbearer at his father's funeral in March, died at a hospital in Antioch, Calif., apparently of natural causes, relatives and hospital officials said Saturday. DiMaggio was the only child of Joe DiMaggio and Dorothy Arnold, an actress whom DiMaggio Sr. Smarried in 1939 and divorced five years later. (The elder DiMaggio did not have any children with his second wife, Marilyn Monroe.) Joe Jr., who struggled with substance abuse and homelessness during the last two decades, was estranged from his father and saw him infrequently in recent years. He was divorced and had two adopted daughters who were doted upon by their grandfather.

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