Freel, 36, was found dead from a self-inflicted shotgun blast around 4 p.m. in his residence on Brookchase Lane in Jacksonville, Sgt. Mike Paul of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed. Paul said that there was nothing suspicious and authorities were treating Freel's death as a suicide. Freel was named the baseball coach at the St. Joseph Academy on June 28, but later backed away from that position. Bryan Hinman is now the Flashes' head coach. Freel grew up in Jacksonville, played Little League baseball in Arlington and later went on to star in high school at both Sandalwood and Englewood. Reds director of media relations Rob Butcher sent the following note late Saturday night: The Reds family is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ryan Freel. His teammates and our fans loved him for how hard he played the game, and he loved giving back to the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Police: Ryan Freel commits suicide
Cincinnati Enquirer | Dec 24