Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dead at 27

He died in Texas where the Angels were set to play the Texas Rangers Monday.

July 1, 2019, 6:20 PM

Tyler Skaggs, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, has died, the baseball team announced Monday.

Skaggs was just 27 years old.

He died in Texas where the Angels were set to play the Texas Rangers Monday.

His cause of death was not immediately clear.

Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels throws in the first inning of a baseball game at Tropicana Field, June 13, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Police in Southlake, Texas, said officers found Skaggs when they responded to a report of an unconscious man in a hotel room around 2:15 p.m. Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

No foul play is suspected at this time, police said.

Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif.
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"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas," the Los Angeles Angels announced on Twitter. "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."

"All of us at Major League Baseball extend our deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels’ teammates and colleagues," Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said in a statement. "We will support the Angels’ organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family.”

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) walks towards the dugout after being relieved during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, June 18, 2019.
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The Rangers in a statement offered "deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss." The team's manager, Chris Woodard, remembered Skaggs as an “intriguing guy” and a formidable opponent.

“He wasn’t a guy I enjoyed having to go up against. He gave all the teams I coached fits. A very promising arm,” Woodard told reporters at a press conference Monday. “Everybody spoke very, very highly of him from a character standpoint. He was tough to root against because you heard such great things about him. It’s awful to think that’s not going to be around anymore.”

The San Diego Padres pay tribute to Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park.
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Monday's Angels vs. Rangers game has been postponed.

The Los Angeles Dodgers also offered condolences.

Our thoughts are with Skaggs’ family, friends and the @Angels organization," the team wrote on Twitter.