Rays bullpen catcher dies by suicide


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RIP Jean Ramirez (USA Today Sports)
RIP Jean Ramirez (USA Today Sports)

Terrible news to report.

Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez passed away on Monday at the young age of 28.

According to the medical examiner, Ramirez died from suicide as he was found by a creek bed by the family's home in Fort Worth.

"Jean was an incredible teammate and friend," Rays manager Kevin Cash said in a statement Tuesday. "He brought so much passion and energy each day to our clubhouse and bullpen, and his love for the Rays and baseball was evident to all who interacted with him. He had the biggest heart and most infectious smile. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Jean will be deeply missed."

"We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jean's family," Rays president of baseball operations Erik Neander said. "He was a caring teammate and friend. He exuded so much joy in all he did, and his kind heart was truly a gift to all. As we process this unexpected and difficult loss, we are grateful for the times we shared with Jean."

Ramirez’s family released a statement via the Rays.

“The loss of our son has been the most excruciating experience we have lived. Unfortunately, we sometimes don’t see the signs. Struggling in silence is not OK. It is our commitment to honor our son’s life by helping other families. No parent should have to endure the loss of their child. We are very grateful to the Tampa Bay Rays organization, whom we consider our family, for their love and support. Our son felt loved by all of you. Thank you to our family, friends and everyone else far and near for the outpouring of love and support. God bless you! Rays Up in Heaven.”

CubsHQ would like to give out our most heartfelt condolences to Ramirez's family, friends, and the entire baseball community.

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