The recent death of former Major League player Jeremy Giambi has officially been ruled a suicide by gunshot to the chest, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has revealed.
The 47-year-old former Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals outfielder was found dead at his mother’s home in Claremont, California on Wednesday.
Several reports had surfaced since his death claiming that he died by suicide, but it was not confirmed until Friday’s report by the medical examiner. No other contributing cause of death was listed.
Former Oakland As outfielder Jeremy Giambi who played six seasons in the Major League Baseball including two with his brother Jason Giambi has died at the age of 47. Former Major Leaguer and South Hills’ baseball player Jeremy Giambi speaks as he jerseys are retired at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The 47-year-old former Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals outfielder was found dead at his mother’s home in Claremont, California on Wednesday
Boston Red Sox’s Jeremy Giambi, left, stands next to his brother, New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi, after Jeremy Giambi drew a walk in the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, May 20, 2003
The younger brother of A’s and New York Yankees slugger, Jason Giambi, Jeremy was described by former Oakland teammate Barry Zito as a kind person who battled personal issues.
‘I am completely shocked by the news about Jeremy,’ the former A’s pitcher told the San Francisco Chronicle before the autopsy report was released. ‘He was an incredibly loving human being with a very soft heart and it was evident to us as his teammates that he had some deeper battles going on.
Giambi’s agent, Joel Wolfe, said the family requested ‘that we all respect their privacy during this difficult time.’
Jeremy Giambi spent six seasons in the major leagues as an outfielder and first baseman with Kansas City (1998-99), Oakland (2000-02), Philadelphia (2002) and Boston (2002-03).
He hit .263 with 52 homers and 209 RBIs. His best season was 2001, when he beat .283 with 12 homers and 57 RBIs for the Athletics.
‘We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of a member of our Green and Gold family, Jeremy Giambi,’ the Athletics said on Twitter. ‘We offer our condolences to Jeanne, Jason, and his family and friends.’
Giambi played in the postseason twice with the Athletics and in 2001 was tagged out at home on Derek Jeter’s famous ‘flip’ toss in the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.
Giambi (center) was found dead at 47, reportedly of suicide, at his parent’s home in South California on Wednesday. John (left) and Jeanne Giambi are pictured with their son in 2015 when the South Hills High School retired his jersey
Born September 30, 1974, in San Jose, he went to South Hills High in West Covina, then played for the California State University, Fullerton team that won the 1995 College World Series.
He signed with the Royals after the team selected him in the sixth round of the 1996 amateur draft.
Giambi tested before a federal grand jury in San Francisco investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative, or BALCO, the company at the center of the sports steroid scandal. He was quoted by The Kansas City Star in 2005 as admitting he used steroids.
‘It’s something I did,’ Giambi told the newspaper. ‘I apologize. I made a mistake. I moved on.’
In a 2007 report by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell into drugs in baseball, BALCO founder Victor Conte said he sold steroids known as ‘the cream’ and ‘the clear’ and advised on their use to dozens of elite athletes, including Jason and Jeremy Giambi.
Giambi (right) played on the Athletics alongside his brother, Yankees star Jason Giambi (left)
The Red Sox, where Giambi spent the final years of his career at, also posted a tribute to their former outfielder on Twitter.
‘We mourn the loss of Jeremy Giambi, who spent six seasons in the major leagues, including 2003 with the Red Sox. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Giambi family.’
The Phillies, too, posted a tribute to Giambi, who played for the team in 2002 after he was traded from the Athletics, which was later depicted in a scene in the ‘Moneyball’ film.
‘The Phillies are saddened to hear the news about Jeremy Giambi’s tragic passing. Our condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.’
Phillies teammate Brett Myers, part of the 2008 World Series Championship team, also mourned the loss of Giambi on Twitter.
RIP Jeremy Giambi! Saddened and shocked to here (sic) of the passing of my former teammate! U were a great teammate and a fun guy to have in the clubhouse! My prayers go out to the family and friends!’
Giambi is best known for the final moments of the 2001 American League Divisional Series, where he was tagged out by the Yankee’s Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada