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First Pro Baseball Player Diagnosed With CTE

Former baseball star Ryan Freel was suffering from the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide last year, his family said.

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The Florida Times-Union reports that Freel, who had an eight-year career in the majors, suffered “nine or 10” concussions in his career. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Dec. 22, 2012.

Freel is the first pro baseball player to be diagnosed with CTE, which is more commonly associated with high-impact sports such as boxing, football, and hockey.

To read the Florida Times-Union article, click here.

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