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Police believe Ex-Red Ryan Freel committed suicide

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06:33 AM ET 12.23 | Former Major League Baseball utility infielder Ryan Freel has died at the age of 36. Freel's death was first reported late Saturday afternoon by First Coast News in Freel's hometown, Jacksonville, Fla. A few hours later, Jacksonville.com reported that the cause of death was suicide, reportedly a self-inflicted shotgun blast, according to Sgt. Mike Paul of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Authorities are treating Freel's death as a suicide. Freel played 14 games for the Cubs in 2009. He spent most of his eight-year MLB career from 2001 to 2009 with the Reds, for whom he played six seasons. He made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays in 2001.

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December 23, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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HOW DO YOU FREEL, BRO?Regards, I Love L.A.

Dude. Uncool.

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December 23, 2012  11:04 AM ET
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Yeah. Uncool it was I suppose, but what is there to be said about someone who makes his own conscience decision? Why is this thread even here? What kind of comments were they hoping to draw? Moments of pause and reflection? It's the holidays for Christs sake

It is the holidays and there are people who knew and cared for Freel who are hurting right now, wondering why he did it. I don't know the purpose of this thread, but I'm reasonably certain it wasn't to provide a forum for mockery.

December 23, 2012  11:42 AM ET
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It is the holidays and there are people who knew and cared for Freel who are hurting right now, wondering why he did it. I don't know the purpose of this thread, but I'm reasonably certain it wasn't to provide a forum for mockery.

+1

December 23, 2012  11:46 AM ET

R.I.P, and only god knows why we choose the wrong padway to scape,the real trouble starts right after your dad think we can scape are problems??even if we take the false door as a exit can't run away from are destiny,,

December 23, 2012  11:59 AM ET

Peace & love. Hope it wasnt over love.

December 23, 2012  12:42 PM ET
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Yeah. Uncool it was I suppose, but what is there to be said about someone who makes his own conscience decision? Why is this thread even here? What kind of comments were they hoping to draw? Moments of pause and reflection? It's the holidays for Christs sake

Not drawing any sympathy for your remarks here.

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December 23, 2012  05:32 PM ET
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Just as well. Wasn't looking to you for any. Your non reply would have sufficed

Wrong answer. An apology from you would have sufficed.

December 23, 2012  05:36 PM ET
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Yeah. Uncool it was I suppose, but what is there to be said about someone who makes his own conscience decision? Why is this thread even here? What kind of comments were they hoping to draw? Moments of pause and reflection? It's the holidays for Christs sake

Flea - that is one of the most hilarious spelling errors I have ever read. Were you being sarcastic, funny, or do you just have no effing idea that conscience and conscious are two completely different words? Flea, you are cracking me up today. Well done with that, though.
Next time, use conscious or (even better) use MUCH smaller words. They probably suit you better.

December 23, 2012  05:49 PM ET

Flea - just so we're clear. You come on to a site about a suicide and make idiotic comments. And your spelling is idiotic and childish. How pitiful are you, anyway?

And to Freel, and his family - I am sorry for your loss.
RIP Freel. I hope you are in a better place.

December 23, 2012  11:12 PM ET

Its sad to see depression looked at without out sympathy. This young man was battling demons he could no longer live with. Ryan is the only person who knew the pain he was going through. I hope his family is ok .

 
December 23, 2012  11:25 PM ET
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It's the holidays for Christs sake

Unfortunately, the holidays are the most common time for depressed individuals to take their own lives. I hope this never happens in your family. It is very difficult to overcome.

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