hideki irabu Hideki Irabu, former Yankees pitcher, found dead in Rancho Palos VerdesThe death of one-time New York Yankees’ pitcher Hideki Irabu is being investigated as a possible suicide, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Irabu was found dead in his Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., home on Wednesday (July 27). Los Angeles TV station KTLA reports that the 42-year-old hanged himself.

The player, who Yankees manager George Steinbrenner once called a “fat toad,” had been a star on the Japanese baseball scene before relocating to the U.S.

The pitcher, whose career ended with the Montreal Expos in 2002, was arrested in Gardena, Calif., in 2010 for alleged drunk driving.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson