Former MLB Player Jeremy Giambi Dead at 47

The outfielder played several seasons in the major leagues, most notably for the Oakland A's.
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Jeremy Giambi in 2003.
Jeremy Giambi in 2003.
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Jeremy Giambi, a Major League Baseball player from 1998 to 2003, was reported dead Wednesday. He was 47.

His agent confirmed the news with ESPN, saying his body was found at his parents’ house in Southern California. TMZ reported that he died by suicide.

The Oakland Athletics, one of four MLB teams Giambi played on, also issued a statement mourning his death.

No cause of death has been confirmed.

Giambi was portrayed in the 2011 movie “Moneyball,” which recounted the Oakland A’s strategy in the early 2000s while coping with a small budget and several departing star players.

His brother, Jason Giambi, was also a major league star from 1995 to 2014.

Jeremy Giambi featured in what many baseball fans recall as one of most memorable defensive plays in MLB history. In 2001, the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter foiled an attempt by Giambi, playing for the A’s at the time, to score from first base and tie a decisive game in the American League Divisional Series. The Yankees maintained their lead thanks to Jeter’s backhand flip, letting them advance to the next round of the playoffs and ultimately to the World Series.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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