Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died without warning Monday at the age of 27, stunning family members and teammates.
Skaggs’ cause of death has yet to be revealed, but police have said that they do not suspect any foul play was involved, nor do they believe that he took his own life, according to the Los Angeles Times. Police have said that they are continuing to investigate.
Police in Southlake, Texas responded to a call reporting an unconscious male, later identified as Skaggs, in a hotel room at around 2 p.m. that day, authorities said. Upon their arrival, they found Skaggs unresponsive and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This investigation is ongoing and we will release pertinent information as it becomes available,” Southlake police said in a statement Monday.
The 27-year-old had just pitched for the Angels mere days before his death; Monday night's scheduled game was canceled following the news.
The Los Angeles Angels confirmed Skagg’s death in a Twitter announcement on Monday.
“It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas,” the statement read. “Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this devastating time.”
Skaggs’ last Instagram post before his death was a snapshot of his team shared on Sunday ahead of their series with the Texas Rangers.
“Howdy y’all,” he wrote in the caption, adding the hashtag “TexasRoadtrip.”
The Texas Rangers offered their condolences to Skaggs’ loved ones in a tweet announcing the postponement of the game, while Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred reacted to Skaggs’ passing in a statement issued Monday.
“I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy in Texas. All of us at Major League Baseball extend our deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels’ teammates and colleagues. We will support the Angels’ organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family.”
Skaggs’ death comes less than two weeks before his 28th birthday on July 13. Aside from his run with the Los Angeles Angels, he also pitched for a time with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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