Report: Call on former pro baseball player was ‘overdose’

ATLANTA (AP) — Sheriff’s officials described the emergency call for former Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson before his death as an “overdose,” but they don’t provide other details in a report released Wednesday.

Hanson wasn’t breathing as rescue crews tried to help him Sunday at a friend’s home outside Atlanta, in Newnan, Coweta County sheriff’s officials wrote in the report. They typed “overdose” in a small section titled “crime incident.”

Hanson, 29, died Monday night at an Atlanta hospital.

An autopsy began Tuesday and that the cause and manner of death is under investigation, Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk said.

Hanson was regarded as Atlanta’s top pitching prospect in 2011. He pitched for the Braves from 2009 to 2012 and the Angels in 2013. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native signed minor league contracts with the White Sox in 2014 and Giants in 2015.

On Sunday, fire and EMS crews and sheriff’s deputies were called to the Newnan home, where Hanson was visiting a friend, authorities said.

Two people — a 40-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman — were involved in the incident at the home, the report states. Neither they nor anyone else has been charged with any crimes.

There were immediate expressions of shock and grief on social media following word of Hanson’s death.

Braves President John Schuerholz said the team was “incredibly saddened” when it learned of Hanson’s death.

“He was a favorite in the clubhouse and with our staff and he will truly be missed by everyone in Braves Country,” Schuerholz said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family, former teammates and friends.”

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