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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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16.

Jeff Portlance    

RIP......

1148 days ago
17.

FreakHater    

OMG!!!! Then why would you, TMZ, post this on your website!!!! The family hasn't been notified yet????? What a bad decision someone made!!!! I'd sue yer butts!!!

1148 days ago
18.

Violette-Blue    

RIP. So sad. Condolences to his friends & family.

1148 days ago
19.

Rotten Puppets    

RIP

1148 days ago
20.

Timmy Boy    

If his family didnt know, I am sure they know now what better way to find out than through TMZ?
kudos to TMZ for being the first to break the newz.

1148 days ago
21.

TheNekoNation    

Wow, a man dies and some you make jokes and leave racist comments. What a sad society our country has become.

1148 days ago
22.

Kathy    

RIP

That's a really tough way to commit suicide.

1148 days ago
23.

Michelle    

I really wish we could get seriously depressed people help. We try to be a good friend but in the end without proper medical treatment more and more people will end their lives this way. Too sad, may he and all the others RIP and may we survivors hold on tight to the happy memories of our loved ones who have given up.

1148 days ago
24.

Coffeelover    

For those of you who are wondering why TMZ posts this..and are saying oh shame on you guys don't do that don't do that.. Think About It !!!! And no it has nothing to do with a slow news day...Many news organizations get their news through wire services like the Associated Press... TMZ posts this to bring forth an issue not to gossip about this horrible time in the sports world.

IF it bleeds it leads...I hope Hideki Irabu has found some peace and that his family will be given the privacy they deserve at this time..

We all wonder what happened that has led to two Professional Athletes taking their life this week we also wonder, since they were professional athletes, don't the MLB and the US Olympics Committee have outreach and programs available to help Athletes cope with what ever it is they are dealing with ? We may never know.. We all think we know the people surrounding us, but nobody really knows what's going in a person's head if they are their own walking time bomb ready to blow...

1148 days ago
25.

ray ray    

baby this guy lived in palos verdes

1148 days ago
26.

karlito    

Autoerotic asphyxiation anyone?

1148 days ago
27.

John    

TMZ. This does not look like a suicide story from a visual standpoint. It's photo selection or something odd about it.

1148 days ago
28.

charlie vegas    

tmz has zero morals..

1148 days ago
29.

dolphin    

RIP almost every day lately. yikes

1148 days ago
30.

Lois    

One does not 'commit suicide'....the word suicide is adequate...

1148 days ago
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