Shannon Forde, longtime Mets media-relations department member, dies at 44

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Shannon Forde, a longtime member of the New York Mets' media relations department, passed away Friday after a long battle with breast cancer, the team announced. She was 44.

“Shannon was a very unique person,” Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. “I was fortunate to see her a few weeks ago at the rehab facility and had a great time laughing and visiting with her for over an hour. My condolences to her husband, John, two children, Nicholas and Kendall, and the Dalton and Forde families. Citi Field won’t be the same without her contagious smile and genuine personality.”

Forde joined the Mets in 1994.

“Shannon was with me my whole career with the Mets,” captain David Wright said in a statement. “She helped me so much when I was a rookie. She worked hard to assist my foundation and helped me get acclimated to New York.”