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Former MVP Caminiti dead

NEW YORK -- Ken Caminiti, the 1996 National League MVP who later admitted using steroids during his major league career, died yesterday. He was 41.

Caminiti died of a heart attack in the Bronx, said his agent-lawyer Rick Licht. The city medical examiner's office said an autopsy would be performed today, according to spokeswoman Ellen Borakove.

Caminiti last week admitted in a Houston court that he violated his probation by testing positive for cocaine last month, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

But state District Judge William Harmon gave Caminiti credit for time he already has served in jail and at a treatment facility since he was sentenced to three years' probation for cocaine possession in March 2001.