Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, age 27, has been found dead in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas. Skaggs had traveled to Texas for a four game series against the Texas Rangers, in which he was supposed to be the opening pitcher of game 1 on the fourth of July, which has now been postponed. Southlake police were notified by the Hilton hotel that there was an unconscious man in a room. When they arrived, he was unresponsive, and later pronounced dead on the scene. The cause of death has not been issued, and the police have stated that they are still investigating the situation.
The Los Angeles Angels released a statement on Twitter regarding the situation, saying “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas. Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.” The Texas Rangers have also released a statement, reading, “The Texas Rangers organization wants to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss. The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time. Tonight’s game will be made up at a date to be determined.” Rangers and Angel players alike have been sharing their thoughts on social media, and there has been a memorial set up in front of the Angels stadium in Los Angeles where fans have been leaving mementos in honor of Skaggs.
Claire Coburn is an Intern Writer for Pub Sports Radio, and Valamayo Social & Digital Marketing.