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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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Comments

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

No, it's much worse. One is only a game. You stupid tool.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Selfish more than words can describe.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Flanigan had the same dream untold millions of men & boys have every day.The difference is he made it.A very few lived the life he did.On top  of having a decent career, he was also fortunate enough to be able to broadcast the game he loved.Maybe he was terminally ill,who kmows..It's too bad for his wife & boys wont see any life insurance.Very few pay off on suicides.
The guy must have been in an enourmous amout of pain, stress-who knows.The only thing we know now is he's no longer in pain.The same cannot be said for his wife & daughters.



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Got that right



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Very sad, much like the state of the lousy franchise.



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Amen my brotha.



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination."

May you now be at peace.



Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

  So sad for this to happen. There is a saying"the only one who knows what's in the bag is the one who is carrying it". So we may never know the reason he took his life. RIP.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

I can still see Flanagan standing on the mound in Silver Stadium for the Rochester Red Wings in 1974 or '75, when I was living there.  (The Red Wings were the Orioles' top farm club at the time.)

A sad loss, whatever the cause.



Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

It is very sad when people take their own life, and it is understandable to feel anger when somebody makes that choice.  But it does not help those close to him grieve to call him names and lash out publicly about it.  You clearly are concerned for his wife and daughters, so please think about how your comments about the person they love might make them feel. 



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