Major League Baseball’s Ryan Freel has died at the age of 36 in an apparent suicide. Freel was found at his home, having suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Freel played eight years for the Cincinatti Reds, and suffered a head and neck injury in 2007. Two years later, while playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Freel suffered a concussion and was placed on the disabled list. He retired from baseball the following year.
The Florida Times-Union reports Free had accepted a job coaching baseball at St. Joseph Academy in Jacksonville, but had backed out.
Freel, who played multiple positions in the MLB, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur entry in 1994. He later played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, and kansas City Royals, along with the Orioles and the Reds.
“The Reds family is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ryan Freel,” says the team in a statement. “His teammates and our fans loved him for how hard he played the game, and he loved giving back to the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”