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Angels Release Statement on Nick Adenhart

4/9/2009 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nick AdenhartThe Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the family of Nick Adenhart just released a joint statement on the tragic death of the 22-year-old starting pitcher:

Angels Baseball this morning announced the passing of right-hander Nick Adenhart, the victim of a fatal automobile accident in Fullerton, CA. Two other individuals were also killed in the incident.

Adenhart, 22, was a passenger in a silver Mitsubishi along with three others. Fullerton Police reported the Mitsubishi proceeded through an intersection, when a van ran a red light and broadsided the vehicle. A female driver and male passenger in the Mitsubishi were dead when police and fire department personnel arrived. Adenhart died as the result of his injuries at UCI Medical Center earlier this morning. No other members of the Angels organization were involved.

Adenhart pitched a masterful six innings in last night's game against Oakland (6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 SO), leaving with a 4-0 lead before a late-inning rally resulted in a 6-4 Angels defeat.

Originally drafted by the Angels in the 14th round of the June, 2004 draft, Adenhart was in his fifth professional season and made the Angels Opening Day roster for the first time. He opened the 2009 campaign with a 37-28 career minor league record and a 3.87 ERA (506.2 IP - 218 ER). Adenhart made his Major League debut last May 1 against Oakland. At the time, he was the youngest active-roster pitcher in the majors.

Adenhart earned his spot in the Angels rotation via a spring training in which he recorded a 3-0 record and a 3.12 ERA (26 IP - 9 ER) over the course of six starts. During that span, he struck out 18 while allowing only five base on balls.

Adenhart is survived by his father Jim and mother Janet. His family released the following statement:

"Nick's family expresses sincere gratitude for all the help the Angels have provided. He lived his dream and was blessed to be part of an organization comprised of such warm, caring, and compassionate people. The Angels were his extended family. Thanks to all of Nick's loyal supporters and fans throughout his career. He will always be in everyone's hearts forever."

Angels General Manager Tony Reagins issued the following statement on behalf of the club:

"The Angels family has suffered a tremendous loss today. We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nick's family, friends' loved ones and fans."

Memorial services are pending.
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Kianna    

FIRST RIP :(

1940 days ago
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THE TRUTH IS WITHIN ME BITCHES    

R.I.P. THIS IS TERRIBLE, MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY.

1940 days ago
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JazCubs22    

As a cubs fan, this is so sad =( I'm heartbroken. He was so young and talented... RIP adenhart

1940 days ago
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Harry Doyle    

Andrew Thomas Gallo should get the electric chair

1940 days ago
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tiredoftrailertrash    

KIANNA YOU'RE A MORON, HAVING TO SAY FIRST BEFORE RIP! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF

1940 days ago
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moi    

OMG I'm from Salt Lake City and I used to watch him play when he was with the Salt lake Bees! How tragic-my thoughts are with his family-

1940 days ago
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sad so sad    

It is just so sad.

1940 days ago
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Bubba Gump    

What a shame to lose a talented man so young. Rest in Peace.

1940 days ago
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Susan    

Who is the completely moronic girl interviewed at the scene? She realized 3 people just died and was laughing while describing the accident. Someone should slap her and take her interview off the website. Have a little empathy. I hope she realizes how disgusting and pathetic her response looks and sounds.

1940 days ago
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chango666    

*sigh* only the good die young . . . .
RIP

1940 days ago
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Daisy    

I was lucky enough to see him play last night and he was brilliant. (I had great seats) I was impressed by the kid and its just tragic to know that he was living his dream.

1940 days ago
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Kim    

They say the driver of the van was intoxicated and left the scene. Very sad day for baseball and his family. RIP

1940 days ago
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Mikey101    

This is tragic news and my heart and prayers go out to the Adenhart family. I can hardly believe that I watched the last hours of a young 22 year old's life last night. 10 minutes either way and he is still with us. Life is precious, we need to enjoy every minute.

1940 days ago
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hot snot    

i didn't see the interview the girl did at the scene. Laughing? are you kidding? How disgusting and heartless. Some people are uneducated morons

1940 days ago
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Tiga woods    

R.I.P. Just another F"n loser these people need to be tested on the spot if positive then they need to be shot in the head. That will take care of over crowding in jails and make it safer for the rest of us...

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