Veteran Pitcher Joe Kennedy Dead at 28

Agent cites heart attack or brain aneurysm as possible cause
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2007 3:36 PM CST
Oakland Athletics pitcher Joe Kennedy wipes sweat from his brow during the second inning against the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball action Friday, June, 29, 2007, at Yankee Stadium in New York....   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Major league pitcher Joe Kennedy died unexpectedly today while visiting the Tampa Bay area for a wedding. The cause of death is unknown, although his agent speculated that a brain aneurysm or heart attack may be responsible. Kennedy, 28, pitched for five major league teams in 7 years, finishing last season with Toronto, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

Kennedy is survived by his wife and their 1-year-old son. He apparently felt ill last night, woke up at 1:15am, and collapsed while trying to leave his bedroom, where rescuers found him. He was pronounced dead of natural causes at the hospital. "There are no words to describe this," said a former Devil Rays scout. "It's very, very tragic."