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Ex-Oriole Freel dead, reportedly of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Ex-Oriole Freel dead, reportedly of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Former Major League Baseball utility infielder Ryan Freel, who played briefly for the Baltimore Orioles, has died at the age of 36.

Freel's death was first reported late Saturday afternoon by First Coast News in Freel's hometown, Jacksonville, Fla. A few hours later, Jacksonville.com reported that the cause of death was suicide, reportedly a self-inflicted shotgun blast, according to Sgt. Mike Paul of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Authorities are treating Freel's death as a suicide.

Freel, who played nine games for the Orioles in...

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