Former Red Ryan Freel dies at 36

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Former Cincinnati Red Ryan Freel has died.

Freel, 36, was found dead in his Jacksonville home on Saturday. Authorities say Freel had committed suicide.

Several sources confirm that Freel, 36, committed suicide on Saturday.

Freel signed with the Reds on Nov. 18, 2002 as a free agent.  Over the course of his five seasons with the Reds, Freel hit .270 with 22 home runs, 104 RBIs and 134 stolen bases.

Freel played for the Reds until 2008 when he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles. Freel bounced around to several different major league teams after the trade before retiring during the 2010 season.

Since retirement, Freel was reportedly living and working in the Jacksonville area coaching young players.

The Cincinnati Reds have released a statement stating, "the Reds family is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ryan Freel. His teammates and our fans loved him for how hard he played the game, and he loved giving back to the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

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