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The following are major league players died while active. This list is complete through the last 20 years (as of 2007), but is selective before that. The definition of "active" is slightly loose: it includes players who died while in the minors, having appeared in the majors in the last year or so.


Name Date of death Date of last game Cause of death

Nick Adenhart 4/8/09 4/9/09 Car Crash

Josh Hancock 4/29/07 4/28/07 Car crash

Cory Lidle 10/11/06 10/7/06 Plane crash

Dernell Stenson 5/11/03 9/28/03 Murder - gunshot

Steve Bechler 2/17/03 9/22/02 Heat stroke in spring training

Darryl Kile 6/22/02 6/18/02 Heart attack while sleeping

Mike Darr Jr. 2/15/02 10/7/01 Car crash

Mike Sharperson 5/26/96 7/15/95 Car crash

Cliff Young 11/4/93 7/24/93 Car crash

Tim Crews 3/23/93 3/10/92 Boat crash

Steve Olin 3/22/93 10/4/92 The same boat crash

Donnie Moore 7/18/89 8/7/88 Suicide

Thurman Munson 8/2/79 8/1/79 Plane crash

Lyman Bostock 9/24/78 9/23/78 Murder - gunshot

Bob Moose 10/9/76 9/25/76 Car crash

Don Wilson 1/5/75 9/28/74 Suicide

Roberto Clemente 12/31/72 11/10/72 Plane crash

Ken Hubbs 2/13/64 9/29/63 Plane crash

Harry Agganis 6/27/55 6/2/55 Pulmonary embolism

Tiny Bonham 9/15/49 8/27/49 Emergency appendectomy: complications

Willard Hershberger 3/10/40 2/10/40 Suicide

Len Koenecke 9/17/35 9/15/35 Fighting

Urban Shocker 9/9/28 5/30/28 Heart illness

Jake Daubert 10/9/24 9/20/24 Appendectomy

Ray Chapman 8/17/20 8/16/20 Baseball: hit by pitch

Addie Joss 14/4/11 11/7/10 Meningitis

Doc Powers 26/4/09 12/4/09 Baseball: gangrene, after a fielding injury

Ed Delahanty 2/7/03 6/25/03 Fell, or possibly jumped, into Niagara Falls


"Last game" includes the postseason.

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