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Rick Rypien found dead

Tue., Aug. 16, 2011

Police say Winnipeg Jets center Rick Rypien has been found dead at his home in Coleman, Alberta. An official with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed Rypien’s death on Monday, and said it wasn’t suspicious. Rypien is the second active NHL player found dead this offseason. Former New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died in May due to an accidental mix of alcohol and the painkiller oxycodone. The 27-year-old Rypien signed a $700,000, one-year deal with Winnipeg last month after spending parts of six seasons with Vancouver. He had nine goals and seven assists in 119 career NHL games. Rypien, the cousin of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, was granted an indefinite leave of absence last season to deal with an undisclosed personal matter. – Associated Press

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