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Ex-Yankees Pitcher HIDEKI IRABU

SUICIDE BY HANGING

SUSPECTED

7/28/2011 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hideki Irabu Suicide
Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead yesterday in his California home -- and law enforcement sources tell TMZ, it appears he committed suicide by hanging himself. We're told a friend found him.

L.A. County Coroner is still trying to locate next of kin.

Hideki played for the Yankees, Expos, and Rangers -- last pitching in the big leagues in 2002. He won World Series rings with the Yanks in 1998 and 1999.

Irabu was 42.

Story developing ...


Hideki Irabu Dead


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1.

Daniela    

RIP! Very sad to hear this news.

1132 days ago
2.

gemini81    

That's very sad. He was a talented man that was unable to overcome his demons; it's a shame it had to end this way. My heart goes out to his family.

1132 days ago
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Adele Crombie    

Why would you post something like this when next of kin hasn't been notified yet? How terrible would it be for them to see it here first.

1132 days ago
4.

Rita    

Since when do they make this information public before contacting family? I hope his family does not have to find out through TMZ :(

1132 days ago
5.

I'm A Lawyer    

His nickname was "Upperdeki" because he would constantly give up HRs.

1132 days ago
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mamajj    

I agree w/others on the board. Why are you guys posting this story if his family doesn't know? And this is the 2nd athlete this week to kill himself. Weird. RIP Hideki

1132 days ago
7.

JLB    

RIP.

Seems like everything good or bad happens at the same time in the world of sports and Hollywood.... suicides, divorces, marriages, legal trouble and pregrancies.

1132 days ago
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Sonya in Tx    

I bet he was in financial trouble. Players are likely to go bankrupt within 10 years of retirement.

1132 days ago
9.

spinner25    

TMZ, it's really messed up to post this article when HIS FAMILY doesn't even know he's dead yet.

Harvey, how would you like to find out about the death of your father via a gossip website?

1132 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

wow. sad r.i.p. irabu

1132 days ago
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weird al yankovich    

I look up to this guy , I wish I can do what he did

Unfortunately I am not selfish enough to leave my wife and kid but if I was a single man I would have joined him in a heartbeat


Peace

WEIRD

1132 days ago
12.

tgrfan42069    

this sucks

1132 days ago
13.

Gloria Unread    

Very sad. :-(

Also hoping his loved ones don't find out this way. But it's all over the web now, not just TMZ..

1132 days ago
14.

RonBurgundy    

Syonara....

1132 days ago
15.

JoeFrancis    

R.I.P. the 1998 season was top 5 ever!

1132 days ago
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