Tyler Skaggs dead: Police refuse to confirm cause of death of LA Angels pitcher but say ‘no foul play is suspected’

Twenty-seven-year-old was found dead in his hotel room in Texas, though police has said that suicide and foul play are ‘not suspected’

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room on Monday night at the age of 27, but authorities have not confirmed the cause of death after saying that suicide is “not suspected”.

Southlake Police were called to a local Hilton Hotel in Texas on Monday after reports of an unconscious male in a room were made to authorities, with the LA Angels soon confirming that Skaggs had been found inside the room.

The Major League Baseball side released a statement to announce the tragic news, while police said that he was unresponsive upon their arrival and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also said that foul play is not suspected, but have not confirmed the cause of death.

"This afternoon at 2:18pm, the Southlake Police Department responded to a call of an unconscious male in a room in the Hilton hotel at 1400 Plaza Place. Officers arrived and found the male unresponsive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene,” a Southland Police Department statement read.

"The deceased has been identified as Tyler Skaggs, 27, of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team.

"At this time, no foul play is suspected."

Announcing the sad passing of the left-arm pitcher, the Angels said: “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas.

“Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.

"There are no other details at this time, please keep Tyler's family in your thoughts and prayers."

A photo of the Angels team wearing cowboy hats was posted on Skaggs' Instagram account on Sunday, with the caption "Howdy y'all #TexasRoadtrip".

The Texas Rangers announced on their own feed that the scheduled game against the Angels on Monday had been postponed, in a statement which added: "The Texas Rangers organisation wants to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organisation on this shocking loss. The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organisation at this difficult time."

Skaggs had a 7-7 win-loss record this season and 28-38 for his Major League Baseball career, which began in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks before he moved to LA in 2014.

A statement issued by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred read: "I am deeply saddened by today's tragedy in Texas. All of us at Major League Baseball extend our deepest condolences to Tyler's wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels team-mates and colleagues.

"We will support the Angels organisation through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler's team-mates and other members of the baseball family."

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in a hotel room on Monday night

The Diamondbacks said Skaggs "will always be remembered here as a great team-mate and wonderful young man," adding: "We are heartbroken with this tragic news."

A statement from the Angels' LA rivals the Dodgers read: "The Los Angeles Dodgers are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Our thoughts are with Skaggs' family, friends and the Angels organisation."

Players around the MLB paid tribute to Skaggs on Monday night

Other MLB players and teams also expressed their condolences after the news emerged.

Fellow Angels pitcher Parker Bridwell tweeted: "I can't believe this, my heart and prayers go out to his wife and family! We lost an amazing human being. Rest In Peace brother."

Angels centre fielder Mike Trout said on Twitter: "Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel right now. 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."

Fans attended the Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California following the death of Skaggs

The Cleveland Indians' Trevor Bauer added: "We came up together. We won together. We laughed and celebrated together. Today, we all lose and mourn together. Your memory, your love for life, everything that made you, you, will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew you. Rest In Peace brother. We love you."

The Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics both said they were "deeply saddened".

"Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with Tyler's family, friends, fans, and the Angels organisation," the Rockies said on Twitter.

Tributes to Skaggs were left outside the front of the Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California

The Athletics added: "We appreciated his determination and demeanour on the field and will miss him as a competitor and friend. Our condolences to Tyler's family and the Angels organisation."

The San Diego Padres observed a minute's silence at Petco Park and shared the moment on their Twitter page.

Additional reporting by PA

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