In this Nov. 20, 2012, file photo, New Jersey’s Eric Berry, right, and his wife, Lillian, right.
Berry and Lillian Berry, the wife of New Jersey Devil outfielder Eric Berry III, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2014, at their home in Northport, N.J. They were found dead at their Northport home by police.
The family said the couple had been battling pancreatic cancer.
The Devils said they do not have any details about the death and did not respond to requests for comment.
New Jersey Devils owner Eric Berry said on Monday, Nov 15, 2014 that his family would be filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Devils for what he called “a very tragic loss of life.”
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, would seek to recover damages, as well as an unspecified amount of money from the Devils.
“I think there’s an underlying cause of death, which is a combination of a heart attack, diabetes, chronic lung disease, etc.,” Berry said.
“That causes that heart attack and that diabetes, that causes all of these other things.
So that’s what we’re trying to figure out.”
In a statement to NJ Advance Media, the Devils said it would be conducting a thorough investigation into the death.
“The New Jersey State Police are conducting a full investigation into this tragic event,” the team said.
According to the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office, Berry was found dead in his Northport residence.
His wife, who was not named, was found by the family’s home surveillance system after Berry was reported missing, police said.
The couple had a son, according to the police report.
The Devils have not released any information about the cause of the death, but police said they believed the cause was “alcohol and possibly narcotics.”
On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been criticized by a number of New York officials over his response to the fatal police shooting of Eric Garner in July, also said he was not surprised by the lawsuit.
“The police officer was not justified in shooting Eric Berry,” de Blasio said in a statement.
“Eric was a great person and a great son.
He was not violent or dangerous.”
Berry, who is also the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, is the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball history at an estimated $2.5 million annually, according at the time to Forbes.
He is currently on the disabled list with a hip injury and is expected to miss the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Berry has said that the cancer has spread to his liver, and the team has asked that he undergo chemotherapy.
In October, a judge ruled that the NHL did not have to pay the family of a woman killed by a hit-and-run driver because the league could not prove that the driver was in danger of causing the death of Berry.
After the death on Saturday, a group of New Yorkers took to social media to call for a boycott of the Devils’ jerseys.
Last year, a New Jersey woman was fatally shot by a man who then turned the gun on himself, according a police report released last year.
Several other high-profile deaths in New Jersey this year have raised questions about the league’s handling of such deaths.
Last month, an 81-year-old man died in a New York hospital after being struck by a car while fleeing from police.