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Former pitcher Tommy Hanson dies at 29

Tommy Hanson, a former MLB pitcher, has died. The Atlanta Braves confirmed the news late Monday night.

Hanson pitched five seasons in the major leagues, one with the Los Angeles Angels in 2013 after a trade and four with the Atlanta Braves, according to ESPN. He was 29.

John Schuerholz, Braves President, released a statement on Tuesday morning.

“We are incredibly saddened to learn of Tommy’s tragic passing,” Schuerholz said. “He was a favorite in our clubhouse and with our staff and he will truly be missed by everyone in Braves Country. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family, former teammates and friends.”

A Braves representative said that young Hanson died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta where he had been in a coma, according to multiple reports. The Los Angeles Times reports that he was hospitalized Sunday morning when he was having trouble breathing. He is said to have suffered “catastrophic organ failure.”

Hanson attended Redlands East Valley High and Riverside Community College before he was drafted for Atlanta in 2005. He went 45-32 with the Braves, and posted a 2.89 ERA in 21 starts as a rookie in 2009, before he was traded for Jordan Walden to the Angels.

He went 4-3 with the Angels. He missed almost a month of the season when he lost his step-brother.

“I was having mental issues with the death of my younger brother,” Hanson said when it happened. “I was just trying to get through it. I didn’t know how to handle it. That was the first time anything like that had ever happened to me. I didn’t know how to cope with it.”

Afterward, he signed with other teams but he did not appear in the majors. He ended his career with the Giants.

Hanson’s fellow players and colleagues were shocked and greatly saddened by the news of his death. Many of them took to Twitter to send their condolences to Hanson and his family.

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