Details Of Baseball Legend’s Suicide Revealed

( After nearly six months, the details of baseball legend Jeremy Giambi have finally surfaced. Giambi was found dead inside of his parents’ Southern California home, reports Fox News.

An autopsy filed by Los Angeles County Department Of Coroner, obtained by the New York Post, shows that Giambi committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest with a Winchester Model 94AE lever-action repeating rifle.

The 47-year-old reportedly left behind a suicide note. The report mentions the baseball player’s addictive drug use of methamphetamine and Percocet throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, but he was allegedly not using drugs around the time of his suicide.

The report also says that Giambi was not the same after being hit in the head with a foul ball while he was a pitching coach, which caused a broken zygomatic bone. The New York Post writes that Giambi “had not been the same since and was very negative, emotional and paranoid since the head injury.”

From 1998 to 2003, Giambi played for four major baseball teams, including the Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and Kansas City Royals. His best season was in 2001 when he batted a .283, had 12 home runs, and 57 RBIs.

His career began to decline after his brother, Jason Giambi, departed to the Yankees. He finished the remaining seasons in the minor leagues, signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers and then the Chicago White Sox.

Giambi was portrayed in the 2011 film Moneyball by Nick Porrazzo, starring Brad Pitt. The film documents when Giambi was first acquired by the Oakland Athletics prior to 2000 in exchange for Brett Laxton, until he was traded to the Phillies in 2002. Moneyball was about the former Oakland Athletic manager, Bill Beane, who set out to create a competitive team with a low budget, assembling his team with what was then an extremely controversial and unorthodox analytical-based method.