Dodgers infielder Justin Turner, who played for the Mets from 2010-13, wrote of Forde: "Her smile and sense of humor were refreshing and she had warmth and kindness about her that was comforting. Even through tough times she always put everyone else first."
Royals vice president of communications Mike Swanson said Forde "was the rock behind" Mets vice president of media relations Jay Horwitz.
"When Jay had his hands full with the media, she was always there to help with everything," Swanson said. "More than anything, she was a dear, dear friend. This is one of the saddest days in my life in baseball. This is heartbreaking."
New York Daily News baseball columnist John Harper wrote Forde "touched all who knew her with her strength and smile."
Forde, a trailblazer for women in baseball, joined the Mets as an intern in 1994 after graduating from St. John's and rose through the organizational ranks to become the club's senior director of media relations. She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in August 2012. Forde leaves behind a husband, John, and two children, Nicholas and Kendall.
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.