Aaron Cox, former Los Angeles Angels’ minor league pitcher, was pronounced to be dead by family on Wednesday. A cause of death was not given. Trout, who is currently suffering a wrist injury, left this week for a “personal family matter.” Trout hasn’t played since last Friday, and the team is unsure if he will return for Thursday’s game.
Jessica Trout, Mike Trout, and their families stated, “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.”
The Angels also weighed in on this tragic death saying, “”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.”
Aaron Cox, 24 years old, was a right-handed reliever for the Angels and played the past three seasons. He however was suspended 50 games last season for testing positive for Ritalin, stimulant banned in the MLB. He returned to play for Inland Empire, but was listed as retired on Aug. 6.