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Tommy Hanson Dead: Former MLB Pitcher Slips Into Coma & Sadly Dies At 29

Tue, November 10, 2015 7:43am EDT by 2 Comments
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This is so heartbreaking. Tommy Hanson, who pitched for five seasons in the MLB, has sadly died at just 29 years old after reportedly suffering from catastrophic organ failure.

Tommy Hanson was pronounced dead at an Atlanta hospital on Nov. 9. The former Major League Baseball pitcher was just 29 years old when he slipped into a coma and sadly succumbed to his reported organ failure. So sad.

The Atlanta Braves confirmed the tragic news on Twitter, just hours after it was first reported that Tommy had been hospitalized and was fighting for his life in a coma. The 29-year-old reportedly began having trouble breathing on the morning of Nov. 8 and was taken to the hospital, where it was allegedly confirmed that he’d suffered from “catastrophic organ failure.” No details on the specifics of what caused this have been released at this time.

Tommy made his MLB debut with the Braves in 2009, but despite a strong rookie season, he slowly began declining during his subsequent three year on the Atlanta-based team. Issues with his shoulder and back put him on the disabled list during 2011 and 2012, and he was eventually traded to the Los Angeles Angels, where he played during the 2013 season. After a brief stint on the Texas Rangers and a few months playing for the Chicago White Sox’s minor league team, Tommy signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants in May 2015.

It’s reported that several of the athlete’s former Braves teammates were by his side when he sadly passed at Piedmont Hospital. “Very sad to hear about Tommy Hanson,” Braves’ short stop, Andrelton Simmons, wrote on Twitter. “Wish his family and close friends a lot of strength. He was a really nice dude.”

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— Alyssa Norwin