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Yomiuri Giants manager Tatsunori Hara’s father Mitsugu Hara, who as a high school baseball manager won two national championships, has died of heart failure, according to the team. He was 79.

The elder Hara, who was hospitalized May 4 after suffering a serious heart attack, died Thursday night at a hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture. Following a funeral attended only by close relatives, the family has planned a farewell party at a Tokyo hotel on July 14.

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