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Former Braves pitcher may have died from drug overdose

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Baseball fans are mourning the loss of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson, who passed away Monday night at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

Many media outlets are reporting that Hanson passed away from catastrophic organ failure. A police incident report calls it an overdose.

CBS Sports had previously reported that Hanson had lapsed into a coma and many of his former teammates were at his bedside when he passed away.

Hanson was 29 years-old. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and went to Riverside Community College in Riverside, California.

He broke into the major leagues as a highly-regarded pitching prospect after being selected in the 2005 MLB Draft.

Hanson pitched for the Braves for four seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Angels in 2013.

He went 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in four seasons with the Braves. He finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2009 when he went 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA.

John Schuerholz, President of the Atlanta Braves issued this statement on behalf of the organization:

“We are incredibly saddened to learn of Tommy's tragic passing.  He was a favorite in the clubhouse and with our staff and he will truly be missed by everyone in Braves Country. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family, former teammates and friends.”

Hanson was also in the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants organizations but never pitched with those clubs.

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