Former Los Angeles Angels minor league pitcher Aaron Cox, who is the brother-in-law of star Angels outfielder Mike Trout, died on Wednesday, his family announced.
A cause of death was not given.
Former #Angels minor league pitcher Aaron Cox, Mike Trout's brother-in-law, died this morning, per team announcement. That's the "personal matter" that has kept Trout away from the club the last few days. Cox was 24. Statement from Trout below pic.twitter.com/0rZigAjlwe
— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) August 15, 2018
“Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him,” Trout, his wife Jessica and their families said in a statement.
“He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph.”
Cox was Jessica Trout’s brother.
The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends.
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 15, 2018
“The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization,” the team said in a statement.
Cox was suspended 50 games last season for testing positive for Ritalin, which is a banned stimulant in Major League Baseball. Players can take the drug only if they receive a therapeutic use exemption.
Trout hasn’t played since Aug. 1, when he hurt his wrist during a feet-first slide into third base in Tampa Bay. Hopefully he’ll lean on his family in this most difficult time.