Cal Ripken Jr., Kelly Ripken Divorce After Nearly 30 Years of Marriage

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cal-ripken-commencementOrioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. and Kelly Ripken finalized a divorce after more than 30 years of marriage on Thursday.

According to the Washington Post, the proceedings were finalized in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Thursday. Kelly Ripken’s lawyer Sanford Ain said the couple have been separated for some time, but declined to elaborate on the reason for the split.

The couple married in 1987, and long projected a wholesome image. They have two children, 26-year-old Rachel and 22-year-old Ryan.

“Kelly has been a great mother to two fabulous children and a wonderful, faithful wife for the duration of the parties’ relationship, which lasted more than 30 years,” Ain said in a statement. “This is a difficult time for her and she asks that her privacy and the privacy of her children be respected.”

Kelly Ripken plans to continue her philanthropic work. She is the namesake of the Kelly G. Ripken program at Johns Hopkins, which focuses on thyroid disorders, and was recently named a chair of Johns Hopkins Medicine conference, A Woman’s Journey.

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