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Ex-MLB infielder Sean Burroughs’ cause of death revealed

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Former major league infielder Sean Burroughs died in May of a fentanyl overdose, TMZ reported, citing the Los Angeles County medical examiner. 

The official cause of death was listed as fentanyl intoxication, the outlet reported.

The death was ruled to be accidental.

Padres third baseman Sean Burroughs fires a throw to first from his knees but is unable to get the Dodgers’ D. J. Houlton at first during a game in 2005. AP

The No. 9 overall pick in the 1998 MLB Draft died in May at 43 years old after he was found unresponsive in a Long Beach, California parking lot after dropping off his 6-year-old son at a Little League game. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

In a 2011 interview with ESPN, Burroughs said he had struggled with addiction. 

“I was hanging out with some bad people and had done some bad things,” Burroughs told the outlet then. “That was more important my last couple of years playing ball, and the last few years.”

“I was kind of like a garbage can. Whatever I had or needed, I would find and take it,” he added. “I wasn’t an out-on-the-town type of guy. I would just try to fill myself with as much substances as I could, legally or illegally.”

Burroughs was coaching his son’s team at the time of his passing, and his mother, Debbie, told the Orange County Register at the time that the former Padres infielder’s death was from cardiac arrest. 

Sean Burroughs died in May after what was revealed to be a fentanyl overdose. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

He had helped the Long Beach All-Star team win back-to-back Little League World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, starring on those teams as a pitcher and hitter. 

He threw back-to-back no-hitters in the Little League World Series and earned himself an appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” in 1993. 

Burroughs, the son of 1974 American League MVP Jeff Burroughs, was selected ninth overall by the Padres and spent seven seasons in the major leagues, with stops in San Diego, Tampa Bay, Arizona and Minnesota. 

Sean Burroughs, right, and Gerardo Parra celebrate after the Diamondbacks defeated the Giants to clinch the NL West title in 2011. AP

His MLB debut came in 2002, and in four seasons in San Diego, he hit .282 with 11 home runs. 

He also won an Olympic gold medal for Team USA during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

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