Olympic Gold Medalist, 43, Dies Suddenly from Cardiac Arrest

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Sean Burroughs, who threw back-to-back no-hitters in the Little League World Series, had died suddenly from a cardiac arrest at the age of 43.

California’s Long Beach Little League confirmed Burroughs’ death on social media.

Burroughs’ mother, Debbie, confirmed her son went into cardiac arrest.

Burroughs’ Long Beach team won two Little League World Series championships, and he later went to play for big league teams and won an Olympic gold medal in 2000.

USA Baseball CEO Paul Seiler said in a statement:

“We at USA Baseball are heartbroken to hear of the tragic passing of Sean.”

“Sean was a part of one of our most beloved teams, and he represented our country on and off the field in a first-class manner.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burroughs family during this time.”

Fox News reported:

Burroughs was found unconscious near his car shortly after he dropped his son, Knox, off for a Little League baseball game, Long Beach Little League President Doug Wittman said. Efforts to revive Burroughs were unsuccessful.

“It was very shocking,” Wittman told The Orange County Register.

“It’s a real sense of family at Long Beach Little League. So, when we lose one of our own, it hurts.”

“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,” Long Beach Little League wrote in an Instagram post.

“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 followed in the footsteps of his father, Jeff Burroughs. The elder Burroughs was named the American League MVP in 1974.

Burroughs spent the first four seasons of his big league career with the San Diego Padres. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in late 2005.

After appearing in eight games with the Rays in 2006, Burroughs hit the pause button on his career when he came to the realization he no longer had “the passion” for the game. He also battled substance abuse issues.

“I just didn’t have the drive or the passion,” Burroughs told ESPN in June 2011.

“I was spent physically and spent mentally. It just wasn’t there. I was emotionally drained. I still loved the game and respected the game, but I didn’t have the drive to go to the park every day. I kind of lost the desire.”

He returned to the game in 2011 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He later appeared in 10 games for the Minnesota Twins before his career came to an end in 2012.

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