LOS ANGELES - Hideki Irabu, a retired Japanese star pitcher who spent six years in Major League Baseball, has been found dead in his suburban home of an apparent suicide, police said. He was 42.
Mike Arriaga, a sergeant with the Los Angeles County sheriff's department, said Thursday that Irabu was found dead on Wednesday afternoon at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes of what appeared to be suicide.
No other details were released as authorities continued to investigate the death of Irabu, who helped the New York Yankees to two World Series titles.
Irabu was a combined 34-35 with a 5.15 earned-run average in 126 games, 80 as a starter, over six MLB seasons playing for the Yankees, Montreal Expos and Texas Rangers before his retirement in 2002.
After a notable career in his homeland, Irabu inked a $12.8 million contract to make the jump to America in 1997. He joined the Yankees and helped the fabled club win World Series crowns in 1998 and 1999.
The Yankees sent Irabu to Montreal before the 2000 season. He played two years for the Canadian club and another in Texas before retiring.
Hideki Irabu commits suicide