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Angels Pitcher, Former Samohi Star Found Dead at Age 27
By Jorge Casuso
July 1, 2019 -- Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, a former Samohi baseball star and son of the school's longtime girls softball coach, died Monday in a Texas hotel room. He was 27.
Skaggs was pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive in his room at the Hilton Hotel in Southlake, Texas, local police said.
The cause of death has not been announced. No foul play is suspected, police said.
"We are devastated to hear the news that Santa Monica High School graduate, Tyler Skaggs, has passed away, " District Supt. Dr. Ben Drati said in a statement Monday.
"Tyler continued to make visits to our schools the past several years to speak with students and we proudly watched his ascent in professional baseball, along with his family," Drati said.
Sckagg's mother, Debbie, coached the Samohi girls softball team and is currently a physical education teacher at the school, District officials said.
In 2015, she retired after 28 years as the team's coach to support her son's baseball career, according to an article at the time in The Samohi Online.
"Grades mattered. Effort mattered. Competition mattered."
Born July 13, 1991, Skaggs was originally drafted by the Angels with the 40th pick, then traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks the following year. He was traded back to the Angels in 2013.
In 2016, Skaggs broke into the starting rotation after returning from Tommy John surgery, a procedure to replace a tendon in the elbow of the pitching arm named after the Dodgers lefthander.
“Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel right now," said Angel's star Mike Trout. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Carli and their families.
"Remembering him as a great teammate, friend, and person who will forever remain in our hearts... we love you, 45.”
Carli is Skaggs' widow. The couple was married in December.
After arriving in Texas for the road trip, Skaggs posted a photo on social media showing him and his teammates in cowboy hats. He was scheduled to start on the Fourth of July.
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