Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez died by suicide, the Tarrant County (Texas) Medical Examiner’s office said Thursday.
Ramirez, 28, was found Monday in a field by a creek bed near his family’s Fort Worth home, authorities said.
Ramirez’s family shared this statement via the Rays:
“The loss of our son has been the most excruciating experience we have lived. Unfortunately, we sometimes don’t see the signs. Struggling in silence is not OK.
“It is our commitment to honor our son’s life by helping other families. No parent should have to endure the loss of their child.
“We are very grateful to the Tampa Bay Rays organization, whom we consider our family, for their love and support. Our son felt loved by all of you.
“Thank you to our family, friends and everyone else far and near for the outpouring of love and support.
“God bless you! Rays Up in Heaven”
Services will be held Sunday in Texas.
The Rays announced Ramirez’s death Tuesday as an “unexpected and difficult loss.”
Ramirez had been one of the Rays’ bullpen catchers for the last three seasons, taking a role on the major-league staff shortly after being released following a three-season playing career in the minor leagues. He joined the organization in 2016 as a 28th-round draft pick from Illinois State, having played previously at the University of Arkansas and Grayson County College.
Rays players and staff shared on social media how much Ramirez enjoyed being with the Rays and how much they liked him.
“Jean was an incredible teammate and friend,” manager Kevin Cash said. “He brought so much passion and energy each day to our clubhouse and bullpen, and his love for the Rays and baseball was evident to all who interacted with him. He had the biggest heart and most infectious smile. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Jean will be deeply missed.”
“Just awful. Jean was an incredible person/friend,” pitcher Shane McClanahan said. “We are all going to miss him deeply.”
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, reach out to the 24–hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255; contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741; or chat with someone online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay can be reached by dialing 211 or by visiting crisiscenter.com.
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