First Pro Baseball Player Diagnosed With CTE

Monday, 16 Dec 2013 09:53 AM

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Former baseball star Ryan Freel was suffering from the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide last year, his family said.

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The Florida Times-Union reports that Freel, who had an eight-year career in the majors, suffered “nine or 10” concussions in his career. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Dec. 22, 2012.

Freel is the first pro baseball player to be diagnosed with CTE, which is more commonly associated with high-impact sports such as boxing, football, and hockey.

To read the Florida Times-Union article, click here.

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