Justin Miller, who spent parts of seven seasons in the majors, most recently with the Dodgers in 2010, was found dead in his Palm Harbor, Fla., home at the age of 35, the Tampa Bay Times reports. A spokesperson for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says authorities are investigating but that a cause of death has not yet been determined.
Miller leaves behind a wife and two sons. "I think he'd want the world to know that he always did his best at work and at being a dad," Miller's widow, Jessica, told the Times. "He always tried."
In retirement, Miller had been active in coaching. Jessica Miller said she didn't know what caused her husband's death but termed it "sudden."
The agency that represented Miller tweeted out condolences on Friday:
Our sincere condolences go out to the family of former RHP Justin Miller, who has passed away. Justin was 35 years old & a loyal friend.— Sosnick Cobbe Sports (@SosnickCobbe) June 29, 2013
For his major-league career, Milller, a right-hander, went 24-14 with a 4.82 ERA across 216 games, 33 of which were starts, for the Marlins, Blue Jays, Giants and Dodgers. He was a fifth-round draft pick by the Rockies in 1997.