The Los Angeles Angels announced that starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs died early Monday at the age of 27. The team provided no further details other than that he died in Texas, where the team has an upcoming series against the Rangers. The first game of that series, scheduled for Monday evening, has been canceled in the wake of Skaggs’ death.
“Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family,” the team said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.” Skaggs last pitched on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics.
The Southlake Police Department said in a statement that officers responded to a call about an unconscious male at a Hilton hotel and found Skaggs unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Orange County Register reports that Southlake Police do not suspect foul play or suicide.
In their own statement, the Rangers expressed their “deepest sympathies” to Skaggs’ family and the team on their “shocking loss.” “The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time,” the statement read.