Tommy Hanson, Former LA Angels Pitcher, Dead at 29

Player, also with the Atlanta Braves during his career, suffered catastrophic organ failure

Tommy Hanson, former pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels, has died at age 29, ESPN reports.

Hanson, who was taken to the hospital when he experienced trouble breathing Sunday morning, suffered catastrophic organ failure. He reportedly had been in a coma prior to his death.

“We are incredibly saddened to learn of Tommy’s tragic passing,” Braves president John Schuerholz said. “He was a favorite in our 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 played four seasons with the Braves, and moved to the Los Angeles Angels in 2013, playing one season with the team.

Players expressed their grief on social media, with Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons tweeting, “Very sad to hear about Tommy Hanson. Wish his family and close friends a lot of strength. He was a really nice dude.”