Reds scout who was former MLB GM passes away

CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) - Kevin Towers, who joined the Reds organization in 2015 as a special assistant to the general manager after serving as a GM for two different teams, died on Tuesday at age 56.

Towers had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer in December 2016.

Friend and former agent Barry Axelrod told the Associated Press that Towers died Tuesday at a hospital. Towers' wife, Kelley, was at his side.

Axelrod said Towers was admitted to a hospital with fluid on his lungs a few days ago, and friends and family members thought he would be able to go home Tuesday.

Towers served as general manager for the San Diego Padres from 1995-2009 and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2011-14.

As he spoke last week about being elected to the Hall of Fame, former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman grew emotional when he mentioned Towers' influence on his career.

In 2015, he joined the Reds as a scout and special assistant to general manager, Walt Jocketty.

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