Amy Duncan was Chris Duncan’s wife of 8 years. The couple was married in 2011. Duncan was diagnosed with a brain tumor a year later in 2012. Duncan, a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals between 2005 and 2009, won the World Series in 2007. Following his professional career, Duncan retired in 2010, he hosted a radio show on St. Louis’ ESPN-affiliate, WXOS.
In January 2019, he announced a leave of absence from the show as he continued to battle glioblastoma.
On September 6, 2019, Chris Duncan succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 38 in his home in Tucson, Arizona. In a statement, the Cardinals CEO and Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said, “The Cardinals are deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Duncan and extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Amy, the entire Duncan family, and his many friends. Chris was an integral part of our 2006 championship team and a great teammate and friend to many in the organization.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. In 2018, Amy & Chris Duncan Moved to Arizona to Be Closer to His Family
Since retiring from baseball, the Duncans had been living in West Hollywood, California. Amy said in a 2018 Instagram post that the couple had moved to Arizona to be close to his father, Dave Duncan, and his brother, Shelley Duncan, who works for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
At that time, Amy Duncan wrote, “The light still shines in both of us.” In June 2013, Duncan’s mother, Jeanine, died after a nearly two year battle with brain cancer.
2. Amy Duncan Regularly Gave Updates on Her Husband’s Health on Social Media
In August 2018, Amy said in an Instagram post that the swelling on Duncan’s brain had “drastically decreased.” Amy also said that the battle “is still challenging at times … of course that is when speaking about anything but baseball.”
3. Prior to Their January 2011 Wedding, Chris Secretly Learned to Play the Piano in Order to Surprise His Wife
Prior to the couple’s January 2011 marriage, Chris secretly learned to play the piano so that he could surprise Amy at their wedding, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The couple’s wedding took place at the Westin Ballpark hotel in St. Louis, beside the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium.
In a 2018 her blog for Medium, Amy wrote that she met her husband while line dancing. She added that after her graduation for college, she spent time on the road with him. Amy wrote of that time, “Looking back I see that I probably wasn’t the best girlfriend during that time. At the age of 24, most women are very much in discovery mode, learning who they are, who they want to become, and how they are going to get there. Chris had just won a World Series in 2006 and was comfortable in his skin and I was very much the opposite.” Amy said that the couple referred to the summer as the Summer of Love.
4. The Duncans Founded a Self-Help Business Together in 2016
According to Amy’s Facebook page, she studied business marketing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating in 2009, and of Hazelwood West High School in Hazelwood, Missouri. Since graduating from college, Amy worked for various companies in the medical and technology fields.
In 2016, Amy and Chris Duncan founded Living Duncan. The organization is described as “a baseball player and a business woman providing inspiration, motivation, fitness and adventure. Through challenges, changes, and cancer we continue to live positvely, spread joyful vibes and have a lovely marriage. Our mission is to help you stay true to you, live your best self, and relentlessly pursue your dreams.”
5. Amy Duncan Launched a Company that Uses Cannabis to ‘Improve the Quality of People’s Lives’
In January 2017, founded a business named Mowellens that uses cannabis and hemp oils to improve the quality of people’s lives. On her Instagram bio, Amy says that she is a “Plant whisperer. Wellness survivor. Fearless leader. Energy seeker.”
While on her LinkedIn page, Amy adds, “On a mission to inspire you to live your best life with simple, clean, plant-based products.”