Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room yesterday morning. He was only 27.
The news has stunned the entire baseball world, and led to the postponement of the team's game against the Texas Rangers.
Police responded to a report of an unconscious man in a hotel room in Southlake, Texas, and pronounced Skaggs dead at the scene. No foul play is suspected, and police said an investigation is ongoing.
A Southlake police spokesperson said it “is not suspected” that Skaggs took his own life, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas," an Angels statement said. "Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this devastating time." Angels GM Billy Eppler fought back tears when speaking to reporters about Skaggs, saying: "He had a long life ahead of him, and, now that's gone, it's just a tragic day for everybody, especially his family." Rangers GM Jon Daniels told media that he had discussed only the postponement of Monday's game with MLB, but said he would be open to talking if the league thinks more should be done.
"Real life takes precedence here,'' Daniels said. "Some things are a lot bigger than baseball.''