Former Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers dies at 56

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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2013, file photo, former Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers address reporters at baseball's winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2013, file photo, former Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers address reporters at baseball's winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Former Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers died on Tuesday morning after battling cancer. 

Towers led the D-backs for 2010-2014, winning the National League West in 2011. 

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D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall released a statement by the team regarding the death of Towers.

“We lost an important member of our family and someone I personally love dearly,” said Hall. “He was one of the biggest personalities the game has ever seen, with a heart of gold and an eye for talent. He could not get enough of baseball, and baseball could not get enough of our KT. It is no surprise he fought for extra innings. Our love goes out to Kelley, his family and everyone who knew him.” 

He also served as GM of the San Diego Padres for 14 seasons, winning four division titles and building the 1998 National League champions.

Social media reaction poured in following the word of Towers' death. Even Arizona Sen. John McCain took to Twitter reacting to Towers' death.

Towers kept his battle with cancer private, but baseball fans found out about his situation when former D-backs Manager A.J. Hinch held up a support sign for Towers at the World Series.

"KT was the epitome of a good baseball man who played a significant role in the history of the D-backs, and his contributions to our franchise will never be forgotten,” said D-backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick in a statement released by the team. “He fought hard until the very end, as we all knew he would, and I will always remember him for his positive outlook on life. Baseball lost a great executive and person.”

His tenure with the D-backs ended with some struggles, and the Dodgers celebrating at Chase Field in the pool. Towers though remained respected around baseball and started working for the Cincinnati Reds.

Towers was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer a little more than a year ago.

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