CITY NEWS SERVICE
An autopsy was to be performed Friday on the body of former Major League Baseball pitcher Hideki Irabu, who apparently committed suicide in his Rancho Palos Verdes home.
The Japan-born Irabu was found dead in the 2200 block of Via Velardo about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
“Detectives and Los Angeles County coroner’s personnel determined the resident, 42-year-old Hideki Irabu, died from an apparent suicide,” Hecht said.
Law enforcement sources told the celebrity news website TMZ.com that Irabu appears to have hanged himself.
Coroner’s Lt. Brian Elias said Friday morning that the autopsy would be performed that day.
Irabu pitched for the New York Yankees from 1997 to 1999, the now-defunct Montreal Expos in 2000 and 2001, and the Texas Rangers in 2002, when he retired. He won two World Series rings with the Yankees, in 1998 and 1999.
The Yankees issued the following statement on Thursday: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Hideki Irabu. Every player that wears the pinstripes is forever a part of the Yankees family, and his death is felt throughout our organization. Our sympathies and support go out to his wife, Kyonsu, his two children, and all of his friends and loved ones.”