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Hideki Irabu found dead in his Los Angeles home

by on Jul.29, 2011 @ 5:51 am, under Other

Asahi Shimbun is reporting that Hideki Irabu was found dead in his house in Los Angeles (he was apparently found hanging).

The New York Daily News has more.  A snip:

Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu, a hard-throwing righthander touted as a superstar when he arrived in New York from Japan, was found dead in his Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. home Thursday, according to the team.

He was 42.

Multiple reports indicate that police are investigating the death as a suicide, although those reports were unconfirmed as of Thursday afternoon.

TMZ has a little more information:

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead yesterday in his California home -- and law enforcement sources tell TMZ, it appears he committed suicide by hanging himself. We're told a friend found him.

L.A. County Coroner is still trying to locate next of kin.

Irabu attempted a comeback in 2009 with the Kochi Fighting Dogs but ended up calling it quits in 2010 because of right wrist problems.  He also recently made the headlines when he was arrested on suspicions of drunk driving.

View past Hideki Irabu posts.

UPDATE 8/1 @ 2:47pm - According to Nikkan Sports, Irabu was hoping to make his way into film.  It also appears as though Irabu struggled to keep himself occupied after retirement -- he apparently spent a lot of time renting and watching videos to pass the time.  And while he was living in the US, Irabu really wanted to return to Japan.

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Career Stats

Year Tm G GS CG ShO W L Sv Hld WPCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HBP SO WP BLK R ER ERA WHIP
1988 LOT 14 6 0 0 2 5 1 -- .286 162 39.1 30 7 18 0 1 21 1 1 19 17 3.89 1.22
1989 LOT 33 2 0 0 0 2 9 -- .000 211 51.0 37 1 27 0 2 50 6 0 20 20 3.53 1.25
1990 LOT 34 11 4 0 8 5 0 -- .615 544 123.2 110 6 72 1 7 102 12 2 58 52 3.78 1.47
1991 LOT 24 16 2 0 3 8 0 -- .273 471 100.2 110 20 70 0 1 78 10 1 78 77 6.88 1.79
1992 LOT 28 4 0 0 0 5 0 -- .000 336 77.0 78 2 37 0 1 55 4 1 38 33 3.86 1.49
1993 LOT 32 14 6 0 8 7 1 -- .533 592 142.1 125 11 58 0 6 160 6 1 59 49 3.10 1.29
1994 LOT 27 26 16 1 15 10 0 -- .600 870 207.1 170 16 94 2 6 239 13 2 77 70 3.04 1.27
1995 LOT 28 27 9 2 11 11 0 -- .500 835 203.0 156 9 72 1 9 239 11 1 70 57 2.53 1.12
1996 LOT 23 23 3 0 12 6 0 -- .667 639 157.1 108 7 59 0 3 167 7 4 56 42 2.40 1.06
1997 NYY 13 9 0 0 5 4 0 -- .556 246 53.1 69 15 20 0 1 56 4 3 47 42 7.09 1.67
1998 NYY 29 28 2 1 13 9 0 -- .591 732 173.0 148 27 76 1 9 126 6 1 78 78 4.06 1.29
1999 NYY 32 27 2 1 11 7 0 0 .611 733 169.1 180 26 46 0 6 133 7 0 98 91 4.84 1.33
2000 MON 11 11 0 0 2 5 0 0 .286 247 54.2 77 9 14 0 1 42 5 2 45 44 7.24 1.66
2001 MON 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 74 16.2 22 3 3 0 0 18 0 0 9 9 4.86 1.50
2002 TEX 38 2 0 0 3 8 16 2 .273 204 47.0 51 11 16 2 1 30 3 0 30 30 5.74 1.43
2003 HAN 27 27 3 0 13 8 0 -- .619 730 173.0 186 24 47 0 6 164 4 0 77 74 3.85 1.35
2004 HAN 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 -- .000 62 11.2 26 5 4 0 1 7 0 1 19 17 13.11 2.57
NPB 273 159 43 3 72 69 11 -- .511 5452 1286.1 1136 108 558 4 43 1282 74 14 560 508 3.55 1.32
MLB 126 80 4 2 34 35 16 2 .493 2236 514.0 547 91 175 3 18 405 25 6 307 294 5.15 1.40
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3 comments on “Hideki Irabu found dead in his Los Angeles home

  1. EJH

    I have never been an Irabu fan, but, regardless, that is horribly sad. Just picturing the guy getting down to the point where he strung himself up and kicked away the chair… 42 is much too young for anyone anyone to die and to be apparently so unhappy for much of that time is not something anyone deserves.

  2. Kyle

    Very sad. Don’t really know anything about his personal life, but at age 42 I hope his failures at making a comeback didn’t drive him to it. Its OK to not be good enough anymore at that age! I’m sure he could have found gainful employment in Japan in some baseball capacity. Just a total waste. Goodbye “Japanese Roger Clemens.”

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