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Former Olympian, MLB Top 10 Pick Sean Burroughs’ Cause Of Death Revealed

Sean Burroughs, a former MLB first-round draft pick, Olympic gold medalist and Little League World Series winner, died from an accidental fentanyl intoxication, TMZ Sports reported on Wednesday (July 10), citing the Los Angeles County Coroner.

The former baseball player died at the age of 43 after collapsing while his son’s Little League team in Long Beach, California, on May 9, according to a statement shared by Long Beach Little League the following day. Burroughs, the son of 1974 American League MVP Jeff Burroughs, was a pitcher on the 1992 — via disqualification — and 1993 Little League World Series winning teams from Long Beach Little League before being selected by the San Diego Padres at No. 9 overall in the 1998 MLB Draft as an infielder and later winning a gold medal for Team U.S.A. in baseball at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

“Sean was a legend in LBLL and the baseball community for winning back-to-back Little League World Series Championships for LBLL in 1992 and 1993,” the Long Beach Little League wrote in its statement shared on Friday. “… To say this is a huge loss is an understatement. … We will have his family in our thoughts and prayers during this time and try to end the season playing the kind of baseball Coach Sean would be proud of.”

Burroughs spent four of his seven MLB seasons with the Padres from 2002 to 2005 before one-year stints with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2006), Arizona Diamondbacks (2011) and Minnesota Twins. The Atlanta native finished his MLB career with a .278 average with 12 home runs and 143 RBIs in 1,664 career at-bats.

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