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Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 1:32 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan was found dead Wednesday and several outlets reported it was an apparent suicide by the 59 year old. Thursday, the Baltimore Sun is reporting Flanagan took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot. Authorities reportedly received a 911 call at 4:26 p.m. ET Wednesday to report a death. Police officers then found Flanagan's body on a trail that lead to a barn on his property. The report also indicated the wound was to Flanagan's face, so it was initally difficult for police to identify the body as Flanagan's.

"It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of my friend Mike Flanagan earlier this evening," Orioles owner Peter Angelos said in a statement released by the team Wednesday night. "In over a quarter century with the organization, Flanny became an integral part of the Orioles family, for his accomplishments both on and off the field. His loss will be felt deeply and profoundly by all of us with the ballclub and by Orioles fans everywhere who admired him. On behalf of the club I extend my condolences to his wife, Alex; and daughters Kerry, Kathryn and Kendall."

Flanagan won the Cy Young Award in 1979 -- when he went 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA -- and was a member of the Orioles' 1983 World Series championship team. In parts of 18 seasons, Flanagan went 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA. He also pitched for the Blue Jays from 1987-90.

Flanagan also spent time as a member of the team's broadcast crew and in the team's front office.

"It's just shock right now," former Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey told the Baltimore Sun. "I know everybody that played with him loved him to death. He was the backbone of that pitching staff. He never quit — this guy never quit. He was there for the duration. We had so many great games and so many great times. I just can't believe it."

"I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing," Cal Ripken, Jr. said in a statement. "He was a good friend and teammate and our thoughts are with Alex and his family. Mike was an Oriole through and through and he will be sorely missed by family, friends and fans. This is a sad day."

Finally, the Flanagan family has issued a statement through the Orioles' front office (via Orioles Insider):

"We thank you for your support and kind words at this difficult time. Thank you for respecting our privacy as we grieve. A private memorial will be held at a later date."

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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

And this goes to show how unintelligent some people are.

First you say:
I agree with the selfish part. There is noyhing more selfish than suicide.

Then you say:
As a healthcare provider I can honestly say that when a person has reached the point of insanity/delusional thinking , it is very difficult if not impossible to reason with them

So how can you call someone at the point of insanity/delusional thinking, selfish?

There are plenty things more selfish than suicide.

Keeping a family memberalive who is brain dead, simply because it makes you (the parent) feel good to see that uncontrolled facial rictus and convince yourself that he or she's smiling at you.  *That's* selfish.

Having children that you can't afford to have because you "want" children, and thus condemning them to a life of poverty and hopelessness.  *That's* selfish.

Telling someone - a family member or a total stranger,  that *they* simply must continue living, despite the fact that they are in a chronic and unendurable pain, such that they have to be on so many drugs that they aren't even conscious half the time. But if they want to put themselves out of their agony, *they* are the ones being selfish?


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Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:15 pm
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Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:13 pm
 

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@: Unlike the others who have agreed with you, you appear to be capable of rational thought. So, respectfully, I would ask you to explain something to me. How, exactly, is a chemical imbalance in the brain selfish? From what I've read, Flanagan had an illness, specifically bipolar disorder. That particular illness is characterized by extreme highs and extreme lows. Apparently, one of those lows is what brought him to suicide. While I get why you think that suicide is selfish (heard all of the arguements in my time working in mental health, trust me), i would encourage you to dig a little deeper on the subject. Depression, as well as the depressive side of bipolar disorder can overwhelm a person on a level that can only be understood by experience and push people to do anything to end the pain. Tragic, yes, but selfish? no.



Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

I agree with the selfish part. There is noyhing more selfish than suicide. Calling him a dumbass? C'mon man. We may never know why he did it but one thing is certain ,he was not the Flanagan you or I knew when he decided to take his life.As a healthcare provider I can honestly say that when a person has reached the point of insanity/delusional thinking , it is very difficult if not impossible to reason with them. Let's all show a little respect for him and his family.RIP Flanny,you will be dearly missed. ;(



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Not to dwell on the macabre, but most insurance policies will pay death benefits for suicides, provided they occur more than two years after the policy was issued.



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

@Slammin6 - As an O's fan, I'd endure 10 more years of lousy baseball to have Flanagan back. The two are nothing alike.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

It's an example of the "Richard Corey" phenomenon: wealth and respect don't necessarily buy peace and happiness.

I remember when Flanagan was the reigning Cy Young Award winner and the Orioles' pitching staff was so strong that Flanagan said: "We have Cy Young (Flanagan), Cy Old (Jim Palmer), Cy Present (Steve Stone) and Cy Future (Storm Davis).  Then Peter Angelos became owner and reduced the team to near-minor league status.

Flanny will be missed!



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

@ezmover - Please feel free to read my previous comment (assuming the words aren't too big for you) and assume it applies to you as well. 

Seriously... Dear Trolls and Morons: STFU. Nobody cares about your intolerant, narrow minded, discriminatory point of view. And we damn sure have no desire to read it. Crawl back in your hole. 



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

@TDAISON: How fortunate you must be to have never experienced depression or bi-polar disorder, to have never known despair to the point where you think of taking your own life, to have never been troubled with any of the realities that all too many of us common people have to face all too often. The truth is, disorders such as bipolar and major depression do not discriminate between people of means and people without or between people of intelligence and people, well, like you. Flanagan, from the reports I'm reading, had an illness, obviously quite a severe one. I can tell you, from the perspective of one who has worked with those individuals, that even those in treatment and on medication can slip over that precipice. That is because they have a chemical imbalance in their brain, not because they are a "dumbass selfish person" who wants to leave their family in a bad situation. 

But since I don't expect you to understand this perspective, I'll tell you what... After life shatters your little glass house, which it most certainly will, then you can get back to me and tell me whether your previous comment was insensitive, pathetic, intolerant, discriminatory or all of the above... Course, you won't really need to tell me, because I already know.



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

TDAISON,

Thanks for adding more Boston BS.



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