San Francisco Giants announce shock passing of former All-Star pitcher Tim Lincecum’s wife Cristin Coleman… as fans pay tribute after her death from cancer in June
- Cristin Coleman died in June and the Giants announced her death Thursday
- The team said she was ‘beloved by the Giants family’ in a statement
- Lincecum played nine seasons for Giants and won three World Series with team
The San Francisco Giants have announced the death of Cristin Coleman, the wife of their former ace Tim Lincecum.
Coleman, a teacher at Peninsula elementary school in the Bay Area, died of cancer on June 27, but news of her death was not made public by the Giants until Thursday night.
‘The Giants were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Tim Lincecum’s wife, Cristin Coleman,’ the team said in a statement posted on Twitter.
‘Our deepest condolences go out to Tim, Cristin’s family and all those whose lives she touched as a friend and teacher.
‘She was beloved by the Giants family and her caring and genuine spirit touched those of us who were fortunate enough to know her during her and Timmy’s years with us.’
Tim Lincecum won the Cy Young award twice and was an All-Star pitcher with the Giants
Lincecum is pictured with his wife Cristin, whose death from cancer was announced this week
Coleman was also beloved at her school, and superintendent Chris Mount-Benites paid tribute to her in an email at the time of her death.
‘If you had a relationship with Cristin, my deepest condolences. You aren’t alone, many of us are feeling this keenly.’
Coleman passed away peacefully on June 27 at home surrounded by her family, according to the San Mateo Daily Journal.
Her parents Randy and Sue Coleman said she was a ‘bundle of love, joy, quick wit and creative energy who was ‘the light of our lives, a beautiful human being who touched so many hearts’.
They added: ‘She had a keen intelligence and a kind, compassionate way – a “lightness of being” – that enabled her to navigate life gracefully, always looking for ways to help and support others.’
The San Francisco Giants announced Coleman’s death on Twitter on Thursday evening
Her parents added that she faced cancer head-on and was grateful for the support she received from her family, friends and students.
They said: ‘During her illness, Cristin never expressed fear, anger, or self-pity, but she was deeply sad to be leaving all of us so soon and for causing us to grieve. And she was profoundly grateful for all your love and support – “Washington people have such big hearts”.’
Her parents added: ‘Cristin told me she wasn’t afraid because she was leaving all her love to us, the lucky ones whose lives and hearts she touched.’
Lincecum has been retired since 2016, and has been notoriously reclusive since he stepped away from the baseball field.
He also recently lost his brother, Sean, 37, who died unexpectedly when Lincecum was in camp with the Rangers in 2018.
He was invited to this weekend’s reunion of the 2012 Giants team, but will not attend and has rarely been seen since walking away from the sport.
As a pitcher, he was a two-time Cy Young winner and a player loved by the fans after winning three World Series in San Francisco.
He is a four-time All-Star, from 2008 to 2011, and was also a three-time strikeout leader in the NL.
As reported by SFGate, the death of his wife Cristin is not the first tragedy to strike Lincecum in the last few years, after he unexpectedly lost his brother Sean in 2018.
In the hours after Coleman’s death was announced, Twitter was awash with tributes to her.
One Giants fan wrote: ‘Our condolences to Timmy and their families. Cristin was a beloved educator and respected colleague. May her memory be a blessing.’
Another added: ‘I’m so sad to hear this. Praying for peace and comfort for Tim and his/her family.’