Major League Baseball players and fans are mourning the sudden and unexpected loss of one of their own today.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Tyler Skaggs passed away Monday, July 1. He was 27 years old.
Officials do not yet know what caused his death, but police in Texas, where the Angels were expected to face the Texas Rangers tonight, said in a statement that foul play is not suspected.
“The Southlake Police Department responded to a call of an unconscious male in a room in the Hilton Hotel,” authorities confirmed in the statement. “Officers arrived and found the male unresponsive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
Skaggs had just pitched two days earlier for the Angels, pitching four innings and striking out five players in what would go on to be a 4-0 victory for the visiting Oakland Athletics.
“It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas,” the Angels said in a statement. “Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”
The Rangers immediately postponed tonight’s game, and issued their own statement on the tragic passing.
“The Texas Rangers organization wants to express its deepest sympathy to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss. The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time.”