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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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31.

Alex    

This is awful, RIP

1150 days ago
32.

Tammy    

"L.A. County Coroner is still trying to locate next of kin" maybe they will read TMZ and found out....WHAT the hell is wrong with you posted info on his death when his family have not even been contacted. Shame on you.

1150 days ago
33.

Sersi    

Wow So sad... RIP

1150 days ago
34.

thestupid    

Oh dear. Why would he do this? Such a waste. God if he needed something I would have halped him out :(

1150 days ago
35.

Kartrashian Klown    

TMZ is very rude and mean, why do you make this public if his next of kin doesn't even know..so terrible and sad for the family to find out here. RIP.

1150 days ago
36.

CHOP48    

Wow hope his pain is gone for ever must have been having the hell hounds grabing at his heels hope he went to heaven R.I.P !!!

1150 days ago
37.

susuesong    

I so remember Hideki. He was brilliant in the early yrs with Yankees. Shame to take his own life because he did not meet his own expectations of what a pitcher should be. Very very sad. Did not realize the fact that his family was not notified right away. Even more sad. RIP

1150 days ago
38.

susuesong    

I also remember him saying, as Yankee pitcher, that he would put matches in his pocket to "fire him Up". So sad. RIP!

1150 days ago
39.

emerald    

Aah, so sad, R.I.P Hideki.

Two sports linked suicides in a week, it's so tragic for everyone involved, especially the families!

For those who are saying this is so bad that the news was released before his family were notified, remember that when you turn on your t.v and watch the news where a body is being discovered and the news is leaked before the family hears hm?! You can't hide the news forever - especially when a celeb in any form is involved! If the cops didn't want to confirm his name they wouldn't have, nor would have the friend if he knew the family were not yet informed! Why blame TMZ, every news outlet is the same these days, when you get a big story you run with it to be first to publi*****?! If we didn't create the atmosphere for this type of reporting then it wouldn't exist!

1150 days ago
40.

ed    

dang u Autoerotic Asphysxiation

1150 days ago
41.

Mr. Bate    

He did it his way. Life goes on.

1150 days ago
42.

SLH    

suicide is an epidemic right now

1149 days ago
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