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Curt Schilling reveals he had a heart attack in 2011

By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
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Pitcher Curt Schilling, of the Boston Red Sox, releases a pitch, during the sixth inning of the 2nd game of the 2004 World Series, at Fenway Park on October 24, 2004, in Boston Massachusetts. (UPI Photo/Steven E. Frischling ) | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/43f8b6a0d07ed7e99ed6386fb1e7874e/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Pitcher Curt Schilling, of the Boston Red Sox, releases a pitch, during the sixth inning of the 2nd game of the 2004 World Series, at Fenway Park on October 24, 2004, in Boston Massachusetts. (UPI Photo/Steven E. Frischling ) | License Photo

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling revealed his well-documented financial struggles actually took even more of a toll on him than we knew.

The hero of the 2004 World Series lost almost everything with the collapse of his video game company, 38 Studios, and it could have even cost him his life.

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Schilling, 46, revealed he had been in New York, cheering his wife on as she ran the Marathon in November 2011.

"I didn't think it was anything serious," he said, explaining why he waited until after Shonda Schilling finished her 4:58:50 run.

They went straight from the airport in Boston to the hospital.

“Ya, as stupid as that was,” Schilling said in a text message. “My doctor made it clear that I was very, very, lucky.”

After a surgery to insert a stent, Schilling changed his lifestyle, even as he acknowledged the stress of his failing company -- which went bankrupt seven months after the heart attack -- was probably part of what caused the scare.

“It was an event and we dealt with it; I’m good,” he said.

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