Family attorney: Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack

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According to a statement by the family attorney for Ernie Banks, the agent for the Cubs legend had Banks sign a new will giving all his assets to her three months before his death.
CHICAGO - 1969: Ernie Banks #14 of the Chicago Cubs in the dugout during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois in 1969. (Photo by Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks gets his 500th hit on May 12, 1970. (Photo by Ronald L. Mrowiec/Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - CIRCA 1977: Former Chicago Cubs second baseman and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is inducted into the Cubs Hall of Fame at Wrilgey Field in Chicago, Illinois (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 05: A statue of former Chicago Cubs baseball star and hall of famer Ernie Banks sits outside Wrigley Field on April 05, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 05: A statue of former Chicago Cubs baseball star and hall of famer Ernie Banks sits outside Wrigley Field on April 05, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is recognized before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, left, stands with Hall of Famer Billy Williams as Banks is recognized before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 09: 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks during the 2012 Dempster Foundation casino night at Palmer House Hotel on May 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 09: Host Ryan Dempster and 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks chat during the 2012 Dempster Foundation casino night at Palmer House Hotel on May 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 19, 1984: Former Chicago Cub's star Ernie Banks known as Mr. Cub embraces his new wife, Marjorie Holmes Banks, at a party at Lincoln Park Zoo June 19, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois. They were married June 14 in Beverly Hills and plan to go to Norway for their honeymoon. Marjorie works for the Chicago Transit Authority. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 2, 1984: Former great Ernie Banks #14 of the Chicago Cubs prior to Game 1 of the 1984 National League Championship Series against the San Diego Padres on October 2, 1984 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
JUL 12 1984, JUL 14 1984; Although he was at Brooklyn's to sign autographs Ernie Banks 'Mr. Cub' had trouble keeping his eyes off the television where the Cubs were playing the Dodgers; (Photo By Dennis Chamberlin/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
SEP 30 1983, OCT 1 1983; Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks gives thanks for fair weather.; (Photo By Damian Strohmeyer/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22, 1981: Baseball Hall of Famer and former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ernie Banks has gone back to school at age 50. He enrolled at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago, 8/21, for a bachelors degree in marketing and finance to further his career in banking. The former Chicago Cub's infielder currently is vice president in charge of commercial loans at Chicago's Bank of Ravenswood, Banks, in 2/7/81 file photo, is also affiliated with the Cubs as acting director of group sales in public relations. (Photo by Joe Traver/Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 19, 1977: Ernie Banks gets kissed from his mother, Essie and his wife, Eloyce, (R) after he was elected January 19, 1977 to the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
UNDATED: Chicago Cubs' slugger Ernie Banks #14 poses in his National Team uniform circa the 1980's during the Cracker Jack Classic. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - CIRCA 1976: Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs circa 1976 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY - AUGUST 8, 1977: Former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ernie Banks acknowledges cheers August 8, 1977 as he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, KS - CIRCA 1972: Ernie Banks, first winner of the Ernie Mehl Award, admires the world's largest trophy along with Mehl, retired sports editor of the Kansas City Star, and Ewing Kauffman, owner of the Royals. The trophy stands 10 feet, 8 inches and weights 325 pounds. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
Joe Ferguson #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs talk during the 1973 season. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 4, 1994: Chicago Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse and Ernie Banks circa 1970 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - 1970: Firstbaseman Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs takes his position as Richie Hebner of the Pittsburgh Pirates leads off during a game in 1970 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CHICAGO. IL - SEPTEMBER 23, 1969: Fan waves a scorecard as Ernie Banks of the Chicago CUbs reacts after he recorded 2500th hit as Joe Torre #9 of the St. Louis Carinals looks on September 23, 1969 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - 1969: Ernie Banks #14 of the Chicago Cubs on the field during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois in 1969. (Photo by Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - 1969: (L to R) Broadcaster Tony Kubek from NBC interviews firstbaseman Ernie Banks #14 of the Chicago Cubs prior to a game in 1969 at Wrigley Field in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Ernie Banks and guest attends the 39th Ryder Cup gala at Akoo Theatre at Rosemont on September 26, 2012 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer's family said Sunday.

With Banks' widow standing nearby at a news conference at a downtown hotel, Mark Bogen said Banks had the heart attack Friday in Chicago and died later that day. He did not provide any other details.

"I want you to know that he was very beloved and he is going to be dearly missed by family, friends and all his fans," Liz Banks said.

The Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced that the statue of Banks that has stood outside Wrigley Field since 2008 will be placed in Chicago's Daley Plaza this week, remaining there from Wednesday morning through Saturday. The statue has long been a popular spot for fans to take photographs and after Banks' death many went to the ballpark to put flowers near it only to discover that the statue had been removed recently during the Wrigley field renovation project.

In news release, Emanuel and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said placing the statue at Daley Plaza was a fitting way to allow fans to pay their respects.

"We are bringing the statue to Daley Plaza to honor not just one of the best ballplayers of all time, but a great man who made our city proud from the day we first met him in 1953" when Banks broke into the major leagues, the mayor said.

Bogen said the family is still planning a funeral and that details would soon be released.

Banks spent his entire 19-year career with the Cubs. He hit 512 home runs, was twice voted the National League's Most Valuable Player, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He was the team's first black player and is still considered the greatest Cubs player by many and the club's most beloved player.

That has been evident in the days since Banks' death. In tribute after tribute, people from around the city and the nation have praised Banks not just for his play, but for his remarkably sunny disposition during his career and in the years since he retired.

"Ernie Banks was a great player and an even better person," Ricketts said in a statement. "He was a kind gentle man who loved his fans as much as they loved him."9

Chicago Cubs Legend Ernie Banks Dies at 83

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