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Ernie Banks’ Brother Found Dead

July 17, 1999

DALLAS (AP) _ The younger brother of baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks was found dead Saturday in a motel that served as his home. He was 59.

The cause of death was not determined.

Eddie Banks Jr. had been involved in an auto accident in which a 29-year-old man was killed on Tuesday. On Thursday, he was found dead with the TV still blaring in the motel room.

``He didn’t come out and say it, but I could tell from the way he talked that he was upset,″ said his sister, Edna Warren of Dallas. ``Anytime something like that happens to a good man, it bothers you. You can’t just walk away from it.″

Banks had told police he missed his diabetes medication and may have blacked out just before running a red light and smashing into a car driven by Bill Whittaker. Whittaker died and his 6-year-old son is in serious condition at Children’s Medical Center.

The family hadn’t reached Ernie Banks, 68, late Friday. He was in Chicago. Banks hit 512 home runs over a 19-year Hall of Fame career.

Eddie Banks graduated from James Madison High School in Dallas and did a stint in the Air Force before marrying. He spent the last four years alone in the Stemmons Corridor motel.

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